Volume 26, Number 11


November 2015

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There's always something happening here at the Sea Lab, and we hope to bring you frequent updates of the latest activities.


Add the Seas to your Season's Greetings!

Holiday treasures for everyone on your list – including yourself!

No need to confront the Black Friday crowds and jammed parking lots at the mall – the Gift Shop at the Estuarium is your one-stop shopping place for thoughtful, unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list. The proceeds from your purchases go to supporting the Estuarium's mission of marine science education and research of our local waters. (READ MORE)

Melon Headed Whale Had Severe Infection

ALMMSN responders and bystanders assess the melon-headed whale in Gulf Shores on Tuesday. Photo credit: Kayla DaCosta

Following the stranding of a melon headed whale in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in early October, researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN) performed a necropsy to help determine what caused the animal to strand. While final results are still pending, researchers found the small whale had a severe respiratory infection that likely affected the animal's ability to breathe. (READ MORE)

Make way for Maker Day!

Maker Day makes ROV's – and smiles!

It's not every day students get to spend all day learning about Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and then building their own, but that's exactly what the 5th grade class at Cornerstone Learning Community got to do with the help of the Discovery Hall Programs and the Deep-C Consortium. (READ MORE)

Bond – Renovation Bond

Top, paving the South Campus. Bottom, architect's rendering of the new cafeteria.

Visitors to the Sea Lab will have seen plenty of work going on to the campus, a former Air Force Base that dates back to the Cold War of the 1950's. With an infrastructure renovation bond, the DISL is undertaking a series of much-needed projects to repair, improve and make more efficient this marine science institution that serves the state of Alabama. (READ MORE)

New Faces at the DISL

Ms. Angela Williams (left) and Ms. Beth Klein. Photo credit: Melissa Mills.

Please join us in welcoming some new staff members to the DISL family – Ms. Angela Williams, Custodial Supervisor, and Ms. Beth Klein, Scheduling Coordinator. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Notes

Left - Allen Aven and Ruth Carmichael with the nighttime glow of the iconic KAUST Breakwater Beacon behind them. Right – a dusty, desert view of the KAUST campus.
  • Dr. Ruth Carmichael and Ph.D. student Allen Aven recently traveled to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to attend the Marine Megafauna Movement Workshop and present their work on "West Indian manatee tracking reveals novel occupancy patterns in the Gulf of Mexico." (READ MORE)

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