Flip Ship Photoshop Battle

FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and through ballast changes is “flipped” to the vertical position to become a stable spar buoy with a draft of 300 feet. Photo from MPL.

FLIP, the Floating Instrument Platform, is towed to an area in a horizontal position and through changing the ballast flipped into a vertical position.  In the flip postion, most of its 355 foot length resides underwater providing a stable observational even in the roughest seas.  The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at Scripps operates FLIP but it is owned by the US Navy. FLIP set to sea in 1962.

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At Reddit, o’ god how I love Reddit, the photo above was posted which then started what can only happen on the internet…free time and mad, mad Photoshop skillz. Below are my favorites so far.

INVASION!! by 92jacko

INVASION!! by 92jacko

Star Trekking across the universe by malmazuke

Star Trekking across the universe by malmazuke

Flip Phone by gnostic_cat

Flip Phone by gnostic_cat

2001 by DaminDrexil

2001 by DaminDrexil

Directed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong by thatoneguydunno

Directed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong by thatoneguydunno

DaaaaaNa...DaaaaaNa...DaaaNaDaNaDaNaDaNa by Rhym

DaaaaaNa…DaaaaaNa…DaaaNaDaNaDaNaDaNa by Rhym

Hoth Research Turret by ChuurmanMeow

Hoth Research Turret by ChuurmanMeow 

Dr. M (1748 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.


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2 comments on “Flip Ship Photoshop Battle
  1. LOL! I was a whale observer on the Flip ship for two cruises. One of the official “boat shirts” for FLIP is actually a photoshop job of a kracken attacking the FLIP. It’s an interesting vessel. The coast guard gets a lot of sinking ship calls when it’s out there.

  2. doesn’t look like one of our voyages … the skiff is vertical. i don’t remember seeing images like that. could have been from Navajo, i guess.

    love thinking about those flips! thanks y’all.

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