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.

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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.

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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 Festival Announces Winners

BLUE Ocean Film Festival Announces Winning Films, Honors Ocean Heroes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, November 8, 2014 – The winners of The 2014 BLUE Carpet Film Awards were announced November 7 at The Mahaffey Theatre in Downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. Films were selected as part of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit (BLUE) as being the top cinematic works for ocean conservation and awareness. BLUE is a one-of-a-kind film industry and community event bringing together films, filmmakers and leaders in ocean research and conservancy.
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St. Petersburg to Host Ocean All-Stars during BLUE Festival

St. Petersburg to Host Ocean All-Stars during the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit – November 3-9

Features Legends in Ocean Filmmaking, Journalism, Art, Exploration and Conservancy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 15, 2014) – James Cameron’s solo death-defying dive to seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface in a submersible of his own design, Fabien Cousteau’s ground-breaking 31-day living experiment in the Florida Keys, and Sylvia Earle’s global call to action on behalf of humanity and our blue planet, are only a few of the extraordinary stories and people to converge for one week at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE) November 3-9.
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Blue Ocean Film Festival whales

BLUE 2014 International Film Competition Finalists Announced

60+ Jury Members Select The Top Films To Be Honored & Screened At November 2014 Event

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 18, 2014) – After the largest and most challenging film competitions to date, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE) jury members have edited their lists and unveiled the world’s top oceanic films for 2014.  All 160 finalists feature stunning imagery, amazing explorations, scientific discoveries or fun in the sea and will be showcased at the festival from November 3-9, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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BLUE Announces St. Pete Venue and Dates for 2014 Festival

BLUE Announces Venue and Dates for 2014 Festival: St. Petersburg, Florida / November 3-9

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, United States; Sept 29, 2013–BLUE Ocean Film Festival (BLUE) announced today that the next biennial festival will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, November 3-9, 2014. The announcement was made at a special event in Monaco hosted by BLUE, the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco.
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YouTube Contest Over, Winner Announced

The BLUE Ocean film festival is happy to announce that we have selected our winners for our YouTube contest, “How do you see the Ocean?” We received 32 amazing entries in total and while each had merit and were obviously made with care and passion, one rose as the grand prize winner.

Teresa Carey from Amherst, Massachusetts is our grand prize winner.

In 2008 she moved aboard a small sailboat. During the following two years she sailed solo and lived aboard a 27 foot boat with her cat Dory for company. Her focus was to live in concert with the ocean by enjoying its beauty and challenge, exploring simplicity, and drastically reducing her environmental impact.

During that time she met Ben who also lived aboard his small sailboat. The couple sailed side-by-side for several years until recently when they decided to change course. The two married last month and are now looking to purchase their “home,” which will be a boat they can raise a family on while they sail around the world.

Definately check out Teresa’s winning video. We offer the couple congratulations on their recent marriage and on winning our contest. The couple will recieve travel from Amherst to Monterey, CA, three nights stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa, BLUE Whale VIP passes to the Festival and a VIP “goodie bag.”

Congratulations again and see you at the BLUE Ocean film fest!

You can view Teresa’s video and all of the entries in a play list on our YouTube channel.