Oceanography: The Wind and the Whales

Big wind is coming to a 300-square-mile area south of Martha’s Vineyard, but it’s unclear how it will affect a previously unknown feeding area for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Oceanography: Shark Oil, Anyone?

As scientists track sharks and learn more about the ocean’s apex predators, a growing industry is selling shark-deterrent devices.

Oceanography: Sounds Like: Walrus

The hidden world of underwater sound is now available to anyone with an Internet connection, thanks to the Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database presented by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Oceanography: Into Deep Water

Some have called the Andrea Doria the Mount Everest of shipwrecks. But in early June, a manned submersible successfully visited the wreak, bringing back new sonar images.

Oceanography: WHOI’s Got a Brand New Boat

The new red-white-and-blue vessel that’s joined the Woods Hole waterfront might look unassuming, but it actually has more in common with a spaceship than with any sailboat in Vineyard Sound.

Oceanography: The Beetles are Getting Back Together!

An ecological success story has been taking place largely out of sight – underfoot and under the sand on the south shore, where the northeastern beach tiger beetle has been making a comeback.

Oceanography: The Secret Life of Seals

The off-season may be quiet on the Cape and Islands, but it is a busy time for the area’s gray seals.

Kelp is On the Way

Seaweed could be the Island’s next big thing in aquaculture, depending on the results of an experiment growing the plant in Vineyard waters.

Oceanography: Holy Blond Bivalves, Batman!

If all goes well, local biologists will soon be growing gold in local waters. Scientists with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have been breeding golden mussels, a unique-hued version of the common mussel that they hope will boost the Island’s nascent farmed mussel industry.

Oceanography: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Permit

Forty years ago Jaws put the Vineyard (masquerading as an island called Amity) and white sharks on the same Hollywood map. The celluloid great white shark that terrorized beachgoers gave sharks a bad rap, and swimmers reason for pause, for years. But interest in real sharks, especially the whites – the official name for the species does not include the “great” – has been on the rise in recent years, and today would-be Quints and Brodys would need more than a bigger boat before chumming the water for a shark. They’d need a permit.

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