New Remote Operated Vehicle Smell


It may have not smelled like a new car but it definitely smelled new. Yes we did get a new ROV here at MBARI! The new ROV will replace the beloved Tiburon that has been here since 1997 exploring every nook and cranny of the Northeast Pacific.

Why the new ROV? Because we can! Serious though the new ROV is more powerful and will able to carry heavier science equipment. However, the new ROV is currently nameless. A list of possible names is being compiled based on suggestions from MBARI’s staff and visitors to MBARI’s open house. You can feel free to suggest some name here and I will try to get them to the higher ups and mucky mucks. Of course, it also needs a new paint job! Look below the fold for some of my ideas. If you got an idea of your own feel free to get creative and email it to me. I will post them all here.

All photos courtesy of MBARI.



Dr. M (1801 Posts)

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.

13 Replies to “New Remote Operated Vehicle Smell”

  1. No more Tiburon! What happens to it? Does MBARI sell it to someone else and they use it? Or, is it done for good?

  2. Some of the parts off the Tiburon will be used on the new ROV (high def cameras and arms). As far as the rest of the Tiburon, I am not sure perhaps display at the aquarium or elsewhere.

  3. Congrats on the new gear. I heard once that MBARI’s ROVs were relatively “noisy”. Is that true? Will this one be more quiet?

  4. Hah! No kidding! Too funny.

    I propose the name “Medusa” in the tradition of Spanish ROV names at MBARI, and reference to her ‘stealthy’ mid-water capability. Does the the winner get a cruise? Pretty please?

  5. DSN Annihilator3000 is pretty hot, but with 5000m of tether she may be rated deeper…?

  6. Actually, I think SBSP is rather fitting for the new vehicle…

    I vote for that also…

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