Float #2 - 12883, "North Bay Vikings" - North Bay Elementary
Thursday, October 18th - SOCCOM floats, serial numbers 12696 (Doc Baldy) and 12883 (North Bay Vikings), were deployed today at 12:22 GMT (27.20025 S, 28.24999 W) and 12:28 GMT (27.20098 S, 28.24975 W), respectively.
"Doc Baldy" - Our campus is named after nearby Mt. San Antonio. At 10,064 ft. it is the tallest peak of the San Gabriel mountains in LA county. In the region, Mt. San Antonio is lovingly referred to as Mt. Baldy. The “Doc” part of the name is meant to represent “Doc” Ed Rickett and all scientists who go out to collect samples and data. Since this is an MBARI float, “Doc” links our float nicely to Monterey through “Doc” Ed Rickett. In Rickett’s days samples were collected in jars, the float represents modern science and “sampling” of the ocean, a robotic “doc” of the 21st century.
"North Bay Vikings" - named after the school mascot, a Viking.
Float #3 - 12881, "Ursa in Mari" - Forest Park High School
Saturday, October 20 - SOCCOM float 12881, adopted by Forest Park High School, was deployed at 15:09 GMT (32.37702 S, 33.67523 W). The school mascot is the Bruin (Ursus arctos). Since the float will be their hands and eyes in the Southern Ocean, the students named the float "Bear in the Sea". They thought the Latin sounded more scientific, like naming a species.
"The main reason we selected this name is to honor the Battleship Oklahoma that sunk in Pearl Harbor in 1941. Also, we are the lucky group that opened up an email to find an exciting adventure with SOCCOM and Princeton. Pearls are gems found within the ocean and the data collected will be our pearls to inspection and value. We are excited to pearl hunt with you."