"Open Ship" day on the RV Point Sur

About a week ago, the University of Southern Mississippi held an "open ship", allowing members of the public come aboard the RV Point Sur, meet some scientists, and learn about the research being done in their backyard at the School of Ocean Sciences and Technology. Lucho Chiaverano and I represented the plankton team and showed some ISIIS images and plankton samples preserved in ethanol. Most of the younger ones were naturally drawn to the shark jaws and giant whale vertebra that scientists from GCRL brought on board, but I think people walked away with a some appreciation for the little guys in the sea. I was super happy with the crowd turnout (pretty good for midday Monday), and the local news did a short story about the ship and visitors. It was great to meet people interested in marine science, and hopefully we can have another open ship soon!

http://www.wlox.com/story/35904301/large-crowds-tour-usm-research-ship