Friday Deep-Sea Picture (07/20/07):Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1…Underwater


Well this makes my graduation not so special. Graduates of Taiwan’s College of Marine Sciences received their waterproof degrees awarded by the university president in a diving suit underwater at an aquarium.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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 (, 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.

One Reply to “Friday Deep-Sea Picture (07/20/07):Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1…Underwater”

  1. It reminds me how two years ago, while training for freediving in the pool, the pool was also used by a scuba diving association for its Christmas party.
    Santa Claus, all clad in red and white, with an air tank and mask, was sitting at the bottom of the pool next to a Christmas tree. And the kids (not the very young ones, mind you) were given scuba ‘christenings’ to go get their photo taken with santa at the bottom of the pool.

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