The Intersection

Cruise, Cruise Baby!

Yesterday’s barnacle video was tremendously popular. So much so, that readers in the world of science have been sending me related links ever since I posted the well-endowed arthropod. Having spent time doing research at sea in the Gulf of Maine, this particular one spoke to my own heart.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on an oceanographic cruise? Here’s invaluable insight from the Coastal Ocean Observing Center at the University of New Hampshire. It captures the fun, serious, and at times frustrating reality of life on a research vessel… all to the sound of Vanilla Ice! And there’s some excellent footage of marine critters to boot. Thanks to Philip Hoffman for the submission and special props to Chris Manning for brilliant lyrics. The latter, as it happens, was also involved with my sea cucumber research through the Northeast Consortium. Small world.

With that, sit back, relax, and rock out to Manning’s ‘Cruise, Cruise Baby’. You might even learn a little something about marine science in the process!


  1. #1 Cliff Figallo
    September 27, 2007


  2. #2 Brian
    September 27, 2007

    These science videos are great! Someone just fowarded us the link to your blog and I’m ecstatic you got Dr. Olson to get the video up. I’d been looking for that for many years. Keep posting these science videos I’ll see what I can dig up to email you. We love them!

  3. #3 Dano
    September 27, 2007

    When I attended grad school at UW in Seattle, I had the great fortune to live in a duplex with one of the best views of any residence in Seattle. Really. I used to look down on Lake Union and all of downtown. Anyway, one of the subsets of this joy was to watch the research vessels steam by on their way out to sea and occasionally talk to the folk that personed them.

    Thanx for the rekindling of the memories.



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