Chills and thrills at the FSU Marine Lab

Captain Roseann Weglinski aboard the RV Apalachee. Photo available for purchase

Captain Roseann Weglinski aboard the RV Apalachee.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 01:22 PM.

Cool weather and a brisk breeze didn’t keep visitors away from the Florida State University Marine Lab open house.

On Saturday, April 20 the marine lab held its biannual open house which was attended by 1,038 visitors who arrived by bike boat and automobile.

Activities included mealworm races, fishing for sunglasses with a remotely operated vehicle normally used for scientific research and lessons in microscope use.

To encourage visitors to take in all the sites, volunteers distributed instructions for a scavenger hunt and those completing the sheet received a poster as a prize.

Dr. Tom Miller presented a talk on “Barrier Islands of Today and Tomorrow” and Dr. Jeff Chanton lectured on effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the food web in the Gulf of Mexico. There were also screenings of “Creatures of the Deep,” a WPBT documentary filmed in Florida

Perhaps the hit of the day was the marine lab’s new research vessel, the Apalachee.

Capt. Roseann Weglinski personally led tours of the 65-foot vessel. The Apalachee is equipped with a dive platform, and wet and dry laboratories. She sleeps seven and has a full kitchen. She has a range of 1,000 nautical miles and cruises at 18 to 20 knots. The Apalachee cost $1.6 million to build and outfit with research equipment and took over a year to construct.

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