Story Carousel - January 31, 2014

This is one carwash your vehicle wouldn’t survive… The ‘Carwash’ is a feature known as a hydrothermal vent chimney, located on the deep seafloor in the Southern Ocean, at a depth of around 2,400 metres. Hydrothermal vents...

Story Carousel - January 23, 2014

This coccolithophore Michaelsarsia elegans was floating at 65 metres deep in the South Atlantic Ocean when it was collected by scientists during a ship-board research expedition. These tiny marine algae play an important role in the Earth’s...

Story Carousel - December 11, 2013

The skies at NOC’s Southampton site were invaded by an octocopter this morning – to get some aerial images of the centre for the Massive Open Online Course ‘Exploring our Oceans’. It also captured the new Royal Research...

Story Carousel - November 13, 2013

  Professor Rachel Mills (University of Southampton) and Dr Will Homoky (University of Oxford) demonstrate to the cameras some fundamental oceanographic principles for an online course – using a bucket and a hose. Filming for a...

Story Carousel - October 28, 2013

NOC’s remotely operated vehicle Isis snaps a shrimp scuttling passed fossilised coral on the deep seafloor at the Carter seamount in the Atlantic Ocean. The dive is part of the TrOPiCS research expedition – Tracing Ocean Processes...

Story Carousel - October 10, 2013

Today the Royal Research Ship Discovery was officially named by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Photo courtesy of Steve Hall.  

Story Carousel - September 10, 2013

When new vessels visit a port first time it is customary to exchange ship and port plaques. Today this traditional swap took place for the new Royal Research Ship Discovery, as it has now arrived in the Port of Southampton. Associated British...

Story Carousel - July 19, 2013

This seabird, called a Balearic shearwater, is being fitted with a tracking device in Menorca to record what it gets up to over the course of a year. Data from the device allows scientists to monitor where the bird goes, and when it is on and off...

Story Carousel - June 21, 2013

A team of NOC researchers involved in the international SERPENT project ran an outreach activity in London last weekend, at an industry-sponsored event. The aim was to promote collaboration between industry and academia by inviting attendees to...

Story Carousel - June 16, 2013

With all this talk of plankton poo ahead of our live Twitter chat on Monday 17 June, we thought we’d show you this creature, which is a type of zooplankton called ‘salp’. It uses its jelly-like body to filter planktonic food...

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