Stranger Things

Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems CRIS is part of the University College Cork led SFI national Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland.

The Real Upside Down

Stranger Things and what lives in the upside down.

With the new season of Stanger Things showing on Netflix, we can look at how the analogy of the mysterious, upside down mirrors our own world…….something like the ocean?

A few months back we had an opportunity to chat to Ken O Sullivan of SeaFever productions and he had said something really thoughtful, he said “Years ago the fishermen could never know what lies 6 foot beneath them, yet now with our advanced technology we are beginning to see a whole new and strange underwater world that we are only beginning to understand”.

If only the fishermen of old knew what lies beneath them…

As we grow to understand our ocean we know that there are many similarities between the ocean and land based biome, in the ocean we know that (to name but a few) there are grazing animals, oxygen and carbon storage systems, rubbish collection/ recycling, advanced health care systems, hierarchies, food producers/consumers, social systems, recreation areas, differing climates, snow (marine), advanced communications, and highly advanced intelligence species (capable of adaption to extreme changes).

While divers, ROVs (remote operated vehicles) and documentaries can give the general public a sense of this uncharted territory this Upside Down, there are some really interesting and free projects that the public can access, so they can become ocean literate by themselves.

Any opportunity for self-discovery is surely much better than the ‘I say, you repeat mantra’?

So, here are some interesting self-education portals for you to just enjoy a sense of self-discovery about our undiscovered ocean, the real upside down.

If you would like to see what lies 22 metres below our ocean and is live streaming 24/7 see the wonderful SmartBay Underwater Observatory;

https://smartbay.marine.ie/

We have seen sharks, crabs, jellyfish, seals, birds and more while watching this live stream.

During one mission they also spotted a Seal chasing fish, see;

Thank you Dr. Gerard Dooly, Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems for sharing this feed http://www.mmrrc.ul.ie

If you are found of maps and love selecting your own data to interrogate, than the detailed and interactive maps of INFOMAR are for you, see;

https://www.infomar.ie/maps/interactive-maps/data-viewer

We feel the depth maps and Real Map of Ireland is the most exciting part of this expedition.

To all our readers who will journey below the 6 foot event horizon, we say enjoy.

Written by IOLN admins

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.

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