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UDaily: CEOE students, faculty participate in Delaware Bay research dives aboard Cyclops 1

UDaily: CEOE students, faculty participate in Delaware Bay research dives aboard Cyclops 1

“Daiber this is Cyclops, come in Daiber, over,” Danielle Ferraro called from below the surface of the Delaware Bay aboard Cyclops 1, a submersible designed for deep-sea research. Ferraro is a second year master’s student studying oceanography in University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Last Thursday, she was a lucky member of the UD scientific research team that dove in the OceanGate human operated submersible near the outer breakwater of the Delaware Bay. It is the first time that Cyclops 1 has been used on the East Coast of the United States.

“We looked at the wall, imaged it with sonar and saw the sediment patterns on the seabed,” she said.

It’s an experience she calls “a highlight of her time as a UD student.” In particular, she enjoyed operating the radio communications between the submersible and the R/V Joanne Daiber, which communicated every 15 minutes during dives. She said participating in the dive also stimulated discussions on how the submersible could be used as a research platform.