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Rare Find from the Deep Sea

For the first time ever, a team of international researchers were given the rare opportunity to observe and film a dumbo octopus—measuring just a few centimeters—hatching from its egg during an expedition to explore a chain of underwater mountains off the U.S. East Coast in 2005. Their findings were published Feb. 19, 2018, in the journal Current Biology.

Monitoring Bacteria on Whale Skin

Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. A new study sheds light on the skin microbiome—a group of microorganisms that live on skin—in healthy humpback whales, which could aid in future efforts to monitor their health.

WHOI Spins Off Local Technology Start-up

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is selling its controlling interest in EOM Offshore, a mooring systems company based on technology developed by engineers at WHOI. The company was founded as a start-up in 2010 to commercialize highly stretchable, fatigue-resistant hoses to transmit power and data to and from undersea sensors.

WHOI Center for Marine Robotics Receives NextGEN Award

The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was chosen to receive a NextGEN award by the Massachusetts TechHUB Caucus.

Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable.

The Banana Slug String Band [with Podcast]

Click play button to listen to the title track now:

The Banana Slug String Band logoThe renowned children’s music group, The Banana Slug String Band, has released a new album, Only One Ocean! This disc of 14 songs is entirely focused on the content found in Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K–12.

The CD is produced with financial contributions from ten Centers in the National COSEE Network, the National Marine Educators Association, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with the NOAA Office of Exploration & Research, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Banana Slug String Band: Only One OceanThe CD features several well-known guest artists, including:

  • BeauSoleil
  • Victor Wooten
  • George Winston
  • and many, many more

Banana Slug albums have won 16 state and national awards for excellence. Thousands of Banana Slug CDs are sold each year through eight distributors such as Amazon.com, Acorn Naturalists and Kaplan Early Learning, and as downloads through iTunes and other MP3 sites.

In addition, the band plays over 20 major concerts and dozens of smaller shows each year. Only One Ocean will bring the importance of the ocean to a large audience of parents and children not previously reached by the Ocean Literacy Campaign.

Listen to the title track above celebrating this new children’s music CD! You may sample other songs on The Banana Slug String Band's web site.

Read an article about the CD from the Howtosmile.org Blog. 

Check out the latest podcast on the Banana Slug String Band! The Slugs talked with Ari Daniel Shapiro about their latest CD, Only One Ocean, which recently won a Parents Choice Award. Listen to their Ocean Gazing podcast, part of an audio series initiative of COSEE NOW.