This Thanksgiving our 96,371 ocean stewards are grateful for support from YOU and all of our generous donors. It is with your gifts, not just during the holiday season but all year long, that OSO is able to engage 4th-6th grade youth with a hands-on science field trip on a 65-foot catamaran on Monterey Bay. It's free, each class performs a community service project.
Ms. Truong's 5th grade students from Castroville Elementary in Castroville, CA say THANK YOU!
Last Friday, 5th graders from New Republic Elementary School in Salinas caught a juvenile octopus in their plankton sample during the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program. OSO instructor, Laura Hanneman, told the students how rare it is for us to find this species in our samples. Female octopuses in the Monterey Bay have been known to incubate their eggs for up to four years before hatching. The mother octopus will continuously blow fresh, oxygenated water over the eggs, hovering over and protecting the clutch of up to 200 eggs from predators. They usually die of starvation by the time the eggs hatch, since they will not leave their clutch to hunt. This tiny cephalopod was released unharmed immediately after the lesson and the students went home having learned about one of the most fascinating species in Monterey Bay.
Such an awesome organism! Repost from @mbari_news “The deep-sea jelly Halicreas minimum is found around the world in deep waters from a few hundred meters to over 2,000 meters. Here in the Monterey Bay, our ROVs have spotted this species over 1,000 times in the 30 years we've been exploring the deep canyon. This and other species within the family Halicreatidae are often some of the most beautiful jellies we see, with their stiff, pointed bell and hundreds of tentacles. Sometimes, they are tinted orange/red, but these transparent ones are like sparkling jewels pulsing in the deep midwater.” #jellies#MBARI
"Thank you for teaching us and letting us go on the boat and making time for us to go. On Monday we learned a lot! For instance, we learned what zooplankton and plankton look like and how you navigate in the ocean. Thank you so much for working with our class." --students from La Joya Elementary in Salinas. Tap right to see their learning in action!
Hey Santa Cruzers! Ever been on West Cliff or out on the water and wonder what that low whistle sound is? Its actually this buoy! Its purpose is to warn nearby boats in the dark night or thick fog. The sound is from air passing through a central shaft as it rises and falls with the swell. For reference, the buoy is due south of the Santa Cruz Harbor entrance and one nautical mile from the tip of the wharf. We keep on learning new things aboard the Odyssey!
96,214 students have come through our program. By June of next year our 100,000 student milestone will be reached. From traditional navigation skills, shown here, to plankton ecology, each class comes away with amazing memories and the knowledge they need to improve our ocean environmental future! #oso100k Photo and design by @jazzper22
Rainy season is here! One of our interactive learning stations in the OSO classroom aims to educate students on watershed ecology and the effects of runoff pollution. Find out how you can help reduce urban runoff too: https://montereybay.noaa.gov/resourcepro/urbancando.html
Clouds or sunshine, we’re out there! Our instructor's enthusiasm brightens up any day for our students. We’d especially like to thank Instructor Marina Maze, featured in these photographs, and wish her luck with her big move out of state! We’ll miss you Marina! Keep an eye out for her feature in an upcoming Instructor Spotlight video to be posted soon...
Another beautiful day out on the water! Today's visiting class from Scott's Valley was lucky to see a group of Sea Otters, many California Sea Lions, as well as Moon Jellies. One step closer to our goal of reaching 100,000 students! #OSO100k
Fan mail! We always love getting letters from so many explorers. It means a lot to have such honest appreciation expressed in such a fun way. Here are a few of the most recent letters we received from Bradley Elementary School. @bradleyelementary
Imagine this level of stoke times 95,898 students. Their faces tell our story, your donations make sure they keep sailing. We’re getting closer to 100,000 students by the day, click the link in our bio to donate! Photo by @jazzper22#OSO100k
Things can be scary but awesome at the same time! For many student explorers, their trip aboard the O’Neill catamaran is also their first time on a boat. Each day, they overcome their fears and have fun. Letters like these make us feel honored to be able to open eyes to a whole other world and provide a memorable experience to so many young explorers. On our way to 100k!
There's plankton in these waters! After our classes trawl for plankton, our students can see how, even though the ocean water doesn't look alive, it is. These organisms make up the base of the oceans food web, a whole world of usually hidden interactions that our students then get to see by microscope back in our lab!
We just received footage from Bret Harrison, a 5th Grade teacher at King City Arts Magnet School from a trip last week.
In his words, “I wanted to compliment you guys. We love the way your crew immediately seized on the opportunity to view the dolphins, and they got the boat into position with such skill, it was amazing. The kids had such a great view! Ironically, they will now probably think that happens every time you pull out of the harbor....We loved being able to share this amazing and special experience with you all! Use any videos or photos you want.
You all rock!"
If you have any photos or videos from an OSO adventure, please share and we could feature them on instagram or Facebook! Share the stoke! #OSO100k
Earlier this week our students got a first hand look at some ocean pollution, our captain, Tim O'Neill holds up the find. Notice how the kelp combines with the rope and ribbon, making them almost indistinguishable from natural sea life? Anything that doesn't make it into the trash or recycling easily makes its way into the ocean ecosystems and can get confused for food by our ocean life! Avoid single use plastics and make sure waste gets where it needs to be!
A huge thank you to @nordicnaturals for for becoming a Bronze Sponsor of our 100,000th student campaign! We truly appreciate your support in the community. With your help, we are able to educate many more young students about the protection and preservation of marine ecosystems.
Ahoy! Waves spotted ahead by one of our navigating sailors. Swell rolling into Santa Cruz this Columbus Day weekend. Hope everyone gets a chance to be on the water and be wary of hazards including large shore break, strong rip currents, and possible sneaker waves. Have fun and be safe out there!
These plastic items ("marine debris") were collected from the water during one of our cruises. Plastic never completely disappears. It breaks into tiny pieces via photodegradation, which is very harmful to marine life. These processes are taught to our students on-board. Remember to pick up your beach items and always pack your trash! Keep our oceans clean and beautiful.
O'Neill Sea Odyssey hit another mini-milestone en route to serving 100,000 students! Ms. Bailey's 26-fourth graders from Sherwood School helped OSO surpass the mark to reach an astounding 95,008 students served as of yesterday. Conditions were ideal for the nearly entire group of first-time ocean-goers participating from the Salinas City Elementary School District.
On Monday, during the quiet, still morning, bottlenose dolphins in Monterey Bay surfaced alongside the Team O'Neill catamaran as a group of 26 fifth graders from Olson Elementary School were participating in the O'Neill Sea Odyssey program. Just a short while before, the students had begun their rotation through the three learning stations while observing the Bays diverse marine life such as schooling anchovies, California sea lions, sea otters, and giant kelp, as well as a multitude of seabird species. This pod was an added bonus and indeed a special treat for our Marina, CA students.
Your nose! The last of our explorer tool series and one that is often forgotten. There are many different smells to detect just being by the ocean. It is important to identify the sources of these smells which are different elements of the marine ecosystem. Instructor Joey holds out the plankton net we use to collect our sample. Students give it a smelling inspection and make observations. Pay attention to your nose for a day, Fall is full of wafting nostalgic scents!
Seagulls cawing overhead, seals barking under the wharf, there are so many things happening around you, if you listen! Ears are an awesome tool your body needs, not only for hearing, but for balance too! These skills are especially useful aboard the catamaran as it cruises through the ocean swell and past its noisy inhabitants. We remind OSO’s young ocean stewards to continuously use their ears, among other explorer tools, to understand and appreciate their surroundings.
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As the Trump Administration reviews the status of recent national monument designations, Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, will give a talk on the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Join us on Sat September 23rd, 10am at SCPD's community room. Details via link in bio!
Back to school means back on board! To kick off O'Neill Sea Odyssey's 2017-2018 school year, two 5th grade classes from Von Renner Elementary traveled from their Newman, CA campus, nearly 100 miles away, to spend the day on Monterey Bay. For all 52 students, this was their first time participating with O'Neill Sea Odyssey and as their teacher, Miriam Rempel, pointed out, "This is the first time most have been on the ocean." Together with teacher, Mary Beth Roe, the Sea Odyssey lessons and hands-on experience will be used to build on their marine ecology program throughout the year. Photo by @jazzper22
We are currently a member of @newleafcmarket's envirotoken program on 41st Ave and downtown SC locations. Bring your own bags when you shop and slide that token in our box! There are even more ways to support Sea Odyssey, just check out our support page, link in bio!
Come get your ocean is Alive T-shirts for 10% off this weekend at the O'Neill Surf Shop on 41st! All the profits help support Sea Odyssey and you get to represent our mission to help keep our oceans clean. The shirt is based off of Jack's quote "The ocean is alive and we've got to protect it."