Me inside the Johnson Sea Link (2004). Today, Scott Olson published an editorial at TCPalm, a local news site for Palm Beach area on some very deep misgivings that all of us in deep-sea biologist have regarding the state of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and its assets – the Johnson Sea Link submersibles. It was . . . → Read More: The Ship, The Sub, The Shuttle – We Should Blame Ourselves
Tommorrow, National Geographic Channel is premiering a really cool special highlighting the various features on world’s seafloor called Drain the Ocean. I had the good fortune of being able to preview this special film. I was instantly drawn in, especially in the opening scenes where the Johnson Sea Link was prominently filmed in action. Florida, . . . → Read More: National Geographic is Draining Your Oshunz!!
The plight of the RV Seward-Johnson and Sea-Link submersibles made the front page at the Palm Beach Post yesterday. The article features interviews with Harbor Branch associate interim director Pete Tatro and former HBOI scientist Edie Widder, who’s logged more than 200 dives in the JSLs. The story notes the research institution is being forced . . . → Read More: Sea-Link Petition is Front Page News
The petition to save the Johnson Sea Link submersibles has reached nearly 1700 signatures to date, and the commotion seems to be working. Florida State Representative Adam Fetterman paid a visit to the troubled research institute last week because his office received a letter from a concerned taxpayer. That’s the power of letter writing, folks. . . . → Read More: S.O.S – Save Our Subs website goes live
We’re collecting stories from researchers who worked with the Johnson Sea-link submersibles to help raise awareness about their plight, and to illustrate their unique utility for science. Dr. Christina Kellogg is a microbiologist with the USGS. She used the JSL to collect deep-sea microbes in a way that’s never been done before. To counterpoint Dr. . . . → Read More: Reflections on the Johnson Sea-link: Dr. Kellogg
I’m so excited that in such a short amount of time the Save Our Subs & Ships effort have already reached their goal and are now setting their sights higher and want to get 5000 signatures. Thanks to Leroy Nunez from Florida for helping out the deep sea community by putting his voice to work. . . . → Read More: 1000 Signatures for Save Our Subs!
Observations from the JSL . . . → Read More: Video of and from the JSL
from Eclectic Echoes… The JSLs are unique vehicles for deep sea exploration with their distinctive full transparent acrylic sphere for the pilot and scientist. The sad thing is these are still highly productive vehicles (two of the youngest in the fleet) and there are no similar subs out there, in fact there are only about . . . → Read More: More On the JSL
My first submersible dive happened off Rum Cay in the Bahamas in the JSL. Despite my large size, I do not remember feeling cramped inside the soda can-sized sub. The entire time I pressed my face against a 15-centimeter porthole, my cheek against the cool glass and eyes focused on the three meters of illuminated . . . → Read More: JSL and Giant Isopods
The JSL being lowered from the A-Frame of the Seward Johnson II. Photo by Kevin Zelnio. A shining legacy of deep sea research is under threat in the state of Florida. Citing economic problems and the high cost of maintaining equipment and crew, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) has announced it’s intention to sell . . . → Read More: The USA Needs the JSL