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Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

another location to start the process again. The SONAR data will be processed as it is obtained via cloud-based servers to generate a bathymetry map.   Prototypes of its heavy lift drone have been tested in North Carolina’s Duke Forest, and the team has been using the ocean off of the North Carolina coast to test pod prototypes to 2,000 meter depth for Round 1 of the contest. It’s truly a team effort: undergraduate students are working on mapping algorithms in a Duke Data+ Summer Program and they are hosting 12 high school students with robotics experience to help with their final build

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

Diver Rescued off North Carolina Coast

A diver in distress was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responders off the North Carolina coast on Sunday.   Crew members aboard the 25-foot diving boat Under Pressure reported to USCG Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington, N.C. that a diver had surfaced with shortness of breath and dizziness 35 miles south by southeast of Wilmington.   The diver was medevaced by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and brought to Air Station Elizabeth City where awaiting EMS personnel transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.   A video of the medevac is available

Turtles being Released Photo USCG

USCG Helps Release 130 Sea Turtles

waters off the Outer Banks. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing, along with their family members, assisted North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission personnel in releasing the sea turtles. The rehabilitated sea turtles were among many that experienced cold-water shock along the North Carolina coast in recent weeks. Cushing crew members assisted with the rescue of many of the cold-water shocked turtles last week. “We got word about a week ago that turtles were stranded and they were freezing," said Fireman Anthony C. Williams. "We partnered with the North Carolina Wildlife

Divers explore the wreck of German U-boat, U-701, which sank on July 7, 1942, off Cape Hatteras, N.C. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Mulls Expanding Historic Wreck Sanctuary

asks for public comments through March 18   Following several years of scientific and archaeological assessment and public input, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to consider possible expansion of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, off the North Carolina coast. The proposed expansion would protect a collection of historically significant shipwrecks including vessels sunk during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic.   The water’s off North Carolina’s Outer Banks contain the single greatest concentration of World War I and

Photo: SA Instrumentation

Acoustic Technology Benefits Marine Mammal Research

. The wave glider, which was made by US-based company Liquid Robotics and nicknamed Blackbeard by the researchers, was funded by a $281,393 grant from the National Science Foundation. Operated over an internet connection via a satellite link, it was launched in August and navigated around the North Carolina coast by the team in a bid to study underwater noise and to monitor marine life in the area, giving them a better understanding of the ocean environment. SA Instrumentation’s Operations Manager, Richard Baggaley, said robotic and autonomous surface vessels are transforming ocean observation

A Coast Guard family member releases a rehabilitated sea turtle from cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, N.C., off the the North Carolina coast, Dec. 15, 2014. The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the North Carolina Resources Commission, released a total of 19 rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin E Geraghty)

Rehabilitated Sea Turtles Released

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island out of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, helped release 19 rehabilitated sea turtles Dec. 15, off the North Carolina coast.   A North Carolina Aquarium employee, NCWRC employee and family of the Coast Guard crew joined the voyage where species of turtle including Kemp's ridley, green and one loggerhead sea turtle were released near the Gulf Stream approximately 40 miles south of Beaufort.   NCWRC confirmed the location as an ideal place to release the turtles.   Ther

The German U-576 departs Saint-Nazaire, France, on the Atlantic coast, circa 1940-1942. The submarine was sunk in 1942 by aircraft fire after attacking and sinking the Nicaraguan freighter Bluefields and two other ships off North Carolina. (Credit: With permission from Ed Caram)

WWII Wrecks Found off North Carolina

and U-576 will provide additional insight into a relatively little-known chapter in American history.” The discovery of U-576 and Bluefields is a result of a 2008 partnership between NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to survey and document vessels lost during WWII off the North Carolina coast. Earlier this year, in coordination with Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted an initial survey based on archival research. In August, archaeologists aboard NOAA research vessel SRVX Sand Tiger located and confirmed the ships’ identities. &ldquo

R/V Cape Hatteras Will Embark on New Phase

; Meticulously tended to by a professional crew, and certified for another decade of exploration, the research vessel (R/V) Cape Hatteras has a lot of life left in her.   That service may, however, take place in new seas now that the craft is being retired and sold by the Duke - University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium (DUNCOC).   Constructed for The National Science Foundation in 1981 by Atlantic Marine Ship Builders, the 135-foot craft has been operated and meticulously maintained for 31 years by DUNCOC, and berthed at Duke University Marine Laboratory (DUML) on Pivers

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