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December 2018



Greenland's Disappearing Ice

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries
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coral seascape

Coral Call Home

Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef
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Cancer Free Flounder

Flounder Now Tumor-free in Boston Harbor
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polar latitudes

The Ocean Adventure of a Lifetime

Join Woods Hole Oceanographic’s whale researchers March 2-15, 2019 on a voyage of discovery to one of the most untouched and spectacular environments on Earth—the Antarctica Peninsula. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from aboard Polar Latitudes’ luxury vessel, Island Sky. Study humpback whales in their natural habitat during peak whale sighting season. Observe penguins, fur seals, and other wildlife. Participate in daily lectures and optional kayaking and camping expeditions.
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sea butterflies

Butterflies of the Sea

December 11, 2018: These sea butterflies, or marine snails sport wing-like swimming appendages to maneuver themselves through the water. Masses of these pteropods, or “wing-feet” drift with the currents in the open ocean, where they become food for fish and whales. Like garden snails, their earthbound relatives, pteropods build calcium carbonate shells. But pteropods’ thin, delicate shells may be vulnerable to the ocean’s changing chemistry. WHOI scientists have been investigating how these beautiful creatures will be affected by ocean acidification, comparing pteropods in ocean regions with normal acidity and regions already showing acidification.

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Peanut Butter Club

Presents the video “The Real Story of Christmas” on Friday, December 21, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted. More »


Give a Gift with an Ocean View

Looking for a different gift idea this year? Your gift of a WHOI membership supports the ocean while giving your loved one great benefits like an insider’s view of all the latest ocean research and exploration, invitations to special events, and more. Note: To assure that your gift arrives by December 25, please order by midnight tonight. Order now.


Visit the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center

Learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Discovery Center. November & December Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our online store is always open.


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