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Drones, Scat, and the Joys of Marine Mammal Fieldwork in Alaska

Katie Sweeney, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA How do we study marine mammals and what do we find out? Take a journey through the types of surveys and tools that are used to study Steller sea lions and northern fur seals in Alaska, and the challenges faced by scientists who study…

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Ping! – Using sound to map Alaska’s seafloor

Jessica Murphy and LTjg Michelle Levano, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in Seattle, WA Like marine mammals using sound to “see” their underwater environment, scientists also use sound to determine what the seafloor looks like! Mapping the seafloor provides information for many purposes, including safe navigation of fishing vessels and helping pinpoint where marine animals…

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Exploring the Ocean Seafloor: Underwater Volcanoes and their Habitats

Colleen Hoffman, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies and NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle, WA Come learn about the explosive world of underwater volcanoes! Alien looking organisms, robots and submarines, and eruptions are all part of the fun in studying these systems 10,000-13,000 feet below sea level. Narrated by a marine…

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Demystifying Science through Video

Filmmaker Paul Hillman, NOAA Fisheries Communications Office in Seattle, WA Science can be a tough nut to crack for a lot of people, and sometimes getting the information straight from a scientist can be full of technical jargon and difficult to understand. But science is the backbone for many of the decisions and policies that…

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The Wonderful World of Plankton: The Tiny Animals of the Sea

Colleen Harpold and Alison Deary, NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA Come learn about the exciting world of plankton! Everything from baby fishes, crab and octopus to animals like copepods and krill that spend their entire lives floating in the ocean. Narrated by two marine scientists with different career tracks, explore the tiny…

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Swimming in Dirty Water – Pollution and Fish Health

Cathy Laetz, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA Every day humans produce tons of chemicals that can drain into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. In the Pacific Northwest, these waters are important habitat for fish like salmon. You wouldn’t like to swim at a polluted beach and our science tells us that the…

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Exploring Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Virtual Tour and Trivia BINGO

Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Port Angeles, WA Explore the wonders of America’s Ocean and Great Lakes Treasures – Our national marine sanctuaries! Join us for this fun and interactive virtual tour as we visit our national marine sanctuaries and dive deep into Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. This journey includes…

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What’s in that Mouthful of Seawater: Introducing the Ocean’s Microscopic World

Vera Trainer, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA The ocean’s microscopic single-celled organisms produce over half the world’s oxygen. These phytoplankton provide clean air, draw down carbon dioxide responsible for climate change, and are a major source of food for marine creatures. However, some phytoplankton can produce chemicals that are poisonous to humans,…

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