OceanQuest cruise

One of my good friends from University of Toronto visited me this weekend. Since we didn’t want to infringe on WHOI residences’ no overnight guest policy, she found nice couchsurfing hosts from MBL to stay with. They were extremely engaging and kind; we met for pizza and chatted about things to do around Woods Hole such as scallopping later in the summer, bioluminescent dinoflagellate blooms, and the OceanQuest cruise, which one of them works for. The pier for the cruise is right across from the Marine Biological Laboratory campus near WHOI.

Being suckers for educational, touristy shenanigans, we immediately decided to try it out. For $25, you get an 1.5 hour cruise around WHOI and the Elizabeth Islands, which extend southwest from WHOI, and learn about the cool creatures around Woods Hole’s waters, as well as the geological history of the area. Although this cruise was tailored towards tourists and children, I was impressed with the scientific accuracy of the descriptions, and some of the animals were fantastic to play with!

They use lobster traps to catch these animals, keep them on board for a few days for educational purposes, then release them

They use lobster traps to catch these animals, keep them on board for a few days for educational purposes, then release them

Horseshoe crab - the coolest creatures!

Horseshoe crab – the coolest creatures! You can place them on your head for a head massage (I tried, but it wasn’t the most comfortable unfortunately)

Another crab that likes to live in rocks - you can see it would be very well camouflaged

Another crab that likes to live in rocks – you can see it would be very well camouflaged

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