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UNH to hold open house for Ocean Discovery Day

September 23. 2018 10:05PM
Ocean Discovery Day is set for this Saturday at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham. (Rebecca Irelan Photo, NH Sea Grant)

DURHAM — Touch a horseshoe crab, map the ocean floor and drive a remotely operated vehicle at the University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Discovery Day on Saturday.

“Ocean Discovery Day will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the wonders of the sea through interactive exhibits and demonstrations at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH campus in Durham,” a UNH news release states.

The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can participate in a number of ocean-related activities:

• Make a fish print;

• View plankton that are an important base in the food chain;

• Learn about marine snow and watch a SCUBA diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves;

• Tour the building’s facilities, including a 20-foot-deep engineering tank, a 120-foot-long wave tank, a communications center that lets researchers connect with scientists at sea, and a large panoramic display that helps visualize underwater data like whale movements.

Ocean Discovery Day is hosted by the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, N.H. Sea Grant, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and the UNH Marine Docents.

For more information, including directions, parking, and schedules of activities, go to or visit Ocean Discovery Day on Facebook.


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