The Benthic Lab at MLML has journeyed to some pretty exotic places, including under the ice of Antarctica. Come see the gear, specimens and videos from their Antarctic explorations, and learn more about their trusty robot SCINI!
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Visitors to the 2010 Open House pay their respects to a large Mahi-mahi laid out in state. We will have some other interesting fish on ice for you to take a close look at this year. Can you imagine making a painted print of a fish this size? Some MLML students actually gave it a try! You can make your own fishy artwork at our fish-printing station, be sure to stop by!
If something small, furry and tagged bumps into your leg during Open House, don’t worry – it’s probably just a student’s pet posing as a marine mammal! These visitors below have successfully tracked down Tamale the would-be sea lion by following the beeping noises transmitted from Tamale’s tag to their receiver antenna. Scientists in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab use this method to relocate their tagged animals in the field. Come to our Open House to give it a try for yourself!
How basic can you be and still be called a fish? With no eyes and no jaws, hagfish would certainly take the prize. They aren’t all about minimalism, though – they actually have five hearts! What makes these simple fish fascinating is the defense that earns them the name “slime eel.” Come to the Icthyology Lab during Open House to watch the hagfish exude some of their slimey goodness – it sure makes for some fun photo taking! (Marine scientist love slime…)
This sunglass-wearing fish skeleton thinks MLML is the coolest! When you come to the MLML Open House, be sure to take a stroll around the Ichthyology Lab. The fish skeletons reconstructed by MLML students are sure to impress you. The guy wearing the sunglasses is a giant seabass, while the large fish skull in the foreground is from a Hawaiian grouper. They hope you’ll say aloha in a couple of weeks!
Sometimes we all need a break from the daily grind. What’s a good way to take a breather? How about taking some time for arts and crafts!
These MLML students are taking some time after-hours to paint the aquarium scene for the 2009 puppet show. MLML alumna Heather Hawk lent her expertise and drew the fantastic backdrop, then directed her peers to fill the corals in with the proper colors.
If you’d like to see the 2009 Open House puppet show featuring Harry Spotter, take a look here!
Open House is a great chance to take a hands-on approach to science. Geological Oceanography Lab student Briar Kitaguchi shows visitors how wind can sort sand grains by size by moving them different distances. Ocean waves and currents can do the same thing, allowing geologists to interpret the history of sediment movement by looking at the size of the grains.
Did you ever think that using a video game controller could be a useful scientific skill? At Open House you can get the chance to pilot SCINI, a remotely operated vehicle. SCINI stands for Submersible Capable of under-Ice Navigation and Imaging, and helps MLML researchers explore the frigid waters of Antarctica. With the touch of a button, you can make SCINI dive and surface, and move side to side – just without the Antarctic chill!