Turning Disaster Into Gold … for Science

Turning Disaster Into Gold … for Science

It’s May 2012. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Ruth Curry is on the brink of discovery. Her quest to figure out how water circulates in the deep ocean is nearly complete – all she needs to do is recover the six deep-sea moorings she has strung out along the Bermuda Rise, each containing two years’ worth of data.

All is well aboard the research vessel, until the final mooring fails to surface…


This 10-minute video, produced by Daniel Cojanu and Elise Hugus for WHOI’s Oceanus Magazine, tells the tale of technological ingenuity and teamwork that it took to get the last piece to Ruth’s puzzle.

We’re thrilled to be featured on the homepage of WHOI.edu and on the National Science Foundation’s Science 360 website! We hope it helps people see how doing science at sea isn’t always as easy as it looks- and helps the researchers and support crews get the recognition they deserve. Maybe even a little bit of funding, too.


“Wow!!!! What a fantastic job! … this video is GOLD from a fundraiser’s perspective.”

-Ruth Curry