STEAM Education Link VIII

A giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, with an antipatharian whip coral, Stichopathes sp., in the foreground, seen during the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition. While the isopod imaged here was spotted during exploration of a site dubbed “Okeanos Ridge,” Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017. "Giant Isopod" by NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, has a great outreach programme that includes a series of podcasts called Into the Blue.

Into the Blue is a great way of learning about the ocean scientists, (eco)system, climate change, expeditions, history of ocean exploration, ocean careers and technology and works on a range of platforms, including Spotify, Google and Apple Podcasts.

One episode I particularly enjoyed is about the Discovery Collections, and this one is better watched on YouTube, because it features specimen collected over many years from many ships, including barnacles preserved in a glass jar on the original research ship Discovery in 1927.

As part of this programme, Dr Tammy Horton describes a range of deep sea organisms, including giant sea spiders the size of dinner plates and isopods (related to woodlice) the size of cats that walk the abyssal planes and Antarctic waters.

Featured Image: A giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, with an antipatharian whip coral, Stichopathes sp., in the foreground, seen during the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition. The isopod imaged here was spotted during exploration of a site dubbed “Okeanos Ridge,” Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017. “Giant Isopod” by NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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