Message in a Buoy program at BLUE with NOAA

Our partners at the Global Drifter Program have updated their Adopt a Drifter website with an exciting new announcement!   Our most recent Drifter deployment:

Bancroft Arnesen Explore & Roald Amundsen High School Drifter Bancroft Arnesen Explore & Roald Amundsen High School[/caption]

Please check the new site out when you get a chance (  Second, I wanted to send you the link to the data for one of the drifters that was launched.    Do feel free to track the drifter #4201504 on the AOML page 

The modern drifter is a high-tech version of the “message in a bottle”. It consists of a surface buoy and a subsurface drogue (sea anchor), attached by a long, thin tether. The buoy measures temperature and other properties, and has a transmitter to send the data to passing satellites. The drogue dominates the total area of the instrument and is centered at a depth of 15 meters beneath the sea surface.

More Information and Drifter Images >>

Determine if you have found a drifter, as opposed to some other floating device.
The spherical float is 30-40 cm in diameter, is always made of plastic or fiberglass, and will have an identification number on it (usually five digits). The color of the float is not standardized: it could be bicolor, like the drifters shown on the top of this page, or it could be solid black or blue. It may have a tube on the top which houses the barometer, or it may be spherical. It may have two metal screws on the top hemisphere. It will always have a metal instrument (the thermistor) extruding near the bottom (you can see this on the white-and-red drifter in the top left picture on this page, surrounded by a small cardboard ring that falls off after deployment). At the very bottom of the float there is a rubberized “carrot” that connects the tether . . . or there will be evidence that this was once there, but has been broken or cut. Often, the subsurface drogue (sea anchor) will be gone from a drifter that has washed ashore; this may still be attached to a drifter recovered from the ocean. Drifters that have been floating for some time accumulate biofouling and may not look as clean as they looked when they first were deployed. This is a picture of a drifter that was on the water for 521 days and was recovered.

More Information and Drifter Images >>

Here is a list of things to do if you have found a drifter and you have it in your possession:

  • Look for any identification(usually a 5 digit number), or instructions on the surface of the float.
  • Take a picture of the drifter and all its components.
  • Contact Drifter Webmaster and send a picture and as much information as you can.
  • You can find deployment information about any drifter in our web page: Deployment_log

Learn about the History of Drifters Here

NOAA Adopt a Drifter Program
BLUE Ocean Film Awards 2016

BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2016 Awards and Honors


Renowned navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson was honored at BLUE Ocean Film Festival with the 2016 Legacy Award at the annual BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit. The prestigious accolade celebrates and recognizes leaders that have made extraordinary achievements to create a lasting legacy in ocean conservation, exploration, education, innovation, and the pursuit of marine knowledge. Thompson was acknowledged for his leadership on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage as captain and navigator of iconic sailing canoe Hokulea. Throughout the world-spanning wayfinding journey, he has guided crew members in successfully sharing experiential education and inspiring communities to care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments. In addition to Thompson, the honor was also presented to Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, who has produced and directed some of the industry’s most enduring conservation education films. Nainoa Thompson – native Hawaiian navigator of Hawaii’s traditional double-hull sailing canoe Hokule’a, and President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society – is a living conduit of Hawaiian culture and traditional wayfinding skills. He is the first Hawaiian to practice the art of wayfinding on long distance ocean voyages since voyaging ended in Hawai’i around the 14th century. Thompson has been a member of every major voyage of Hokule’a since she first set sail in 1976, including the 1978 voyage with big wave rider Eddie Aikau. pvs-logo-rgb


MacGillivray was first nominated for an Academy Award in 1995 for directing The Living Sea (Best Documentary Short Subject), and was nominated in the same category again forDolphins in 2000.

He initiated the development of three cameras for the IMAX format the high-speed (slow-motion) camera, the industry’s first lightweight camera, and the “all-weather” camera used during filming on Mount Everest.


DAVID EVANS SHAW | 2016 Making Waves Award

David Shaw Making Waves Award Winner BLUE 2016

David Evans Shaw is managing partner of Black Point Group LP, with wide-ranging interests in technology companies and public service. His business creation, leadership, investment and board experience includes numerous science-based companies including IDEXX Laboratories, Ikaria, Curiosity Stream, Ironwood, Physion, Vets First Choice, Modern Meadow, and others. Shaw’s public service experience includes AAAS, the National Park Foundation, the Jackson Laboratory, the Sargasso Sea Alliance, State of Maine, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Maine Medical Center, Hurricane Island Outward Bound, the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Service Nation and others. He is a lifelong beneficiary of experiences in marine and terrestrial parks around the world.


TRITON Submarines at BLUE 2016

Triton Submarines On Display at BLUE 2016

Among the many exciting exhibits at BLUE2016, attendees were truly inspired by our roving visit from Triton Submarines submersibles.   Triton Submarines LLC brought along their ultra-cool submersable to several of our locations at BLUE2016! The Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit attendees enjoyed learning about the future of submarine technology outside of the Mahaffey Theatre for the Premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Before The Flood’, at the Palladium Theater. Triton Submarines have become one of BLUE Ocean’s biggest supporters, and we consider their work exploring the ocean to be not only extremely important to learn more about our oceans and the life within them but also as a critical tool for building awareness of the many challenges we face as a species.




Triton submersibles are designed, tested and certified to the most rigorous safety standards. They are built from the finest materials and our clients enjoy after-sales service and technical support from the world’s most experienced operations team.
Triton is committed to producing the best deep-diving submersibles on the planet.
Experience TRITON Submarines
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See What The World is Saying about TRITON!

Use #BLUE2016 During BLUE 2016 for Social Impact!

Our official hashtag for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival event this year is #BLUE2016. You should tag all of your social media postings during and after the event with this tag so your content will be easily grouped with other attendees shared posts and to create a greater impact for the oceans.


You might like to bookmark this special Twitter Hub that we have created in order to aggregate all of the media tagged #BLUE2016 so that we can share your posts after the festival and during the event.  You can even send new tweets to or about us (@BlueOceanFilm) right from that page.

Twitter Hub for #BLUE2016

You can even embed the hashtag hub into your own site, if you like. Just grab the code from the page. This is the live version of the embed.
EXAMPLE: Click the link to tell your followers that you are going to BLUE 2016
BLUE 2016 Locations Maps

BLUE 2016 Event & Film Screening Locations

In this map you can see the primary locations for BLUE Ocean Film Festival Events and Film Screenings.

BLUE 2016 Locations Maps

You can also use this page to plan your itinerary accordingly. The map on the bottom can be added to your own google maps account for easy directions..We look forward to seeing all of you at BLUE!

Don Cesar
Don Cesar Hotel 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

MUVICO Sundial Theatre

151 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Hotel Indigo 234 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Mahaffey Theatre 400 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Palladium Theatre 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701