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How Do Fish Breathe? The Science Behind Gills

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could breathe underwater like fish? Read on to learn about what kind of crazy biology we would have to have! Even though fish can live their lives underwater, they still need oxygen to “breathe”. Instead of breathing air, fish must get their oxygen from the water. This process requires […]

Why is the Ocean Salty? The Science Behind Salinity

Ever been swimming in the ocean and have a big wave come at you quick? You probably got a big gulp of salt water. Yuck! But why is the ocean so salty? Science Behind Salt 97% of all water on Earth is salty and the ocean covers about 70% of the entire Earth’s surface! The […]

How Do Sails Work? The Science Behind Sailing

We love getting students from all walks of life out on the water! We also love to teach the STEM principles behind our sailing and adventure sports! Have you ever wondered how a piece of canvas helps you sail? Read on to learn about the science behind sailing. The Basics The goal of sailing is […]

NESS Summer Reading List

Looking for a good beach read? Dive deep and take a peek at these books recommended by NESS staff! For Adults The Starboard Sea, Amber Dermont: Classic story of friendship, love, and nature set against a Gossip Girl-esque background reminding us why those who feel lost most often find their way at sea. The Sea […]

History Comes Alive Through Ocean Exploration

History came alive this week just off the NESS docks in Stonington Harbor! A collaboration between the Stonington Historical Society and the University of Rhode Island has brought URI’s Brennan T. Phillips, Assistant Professor from the Dept. of Ocean Engineering, to discover and explore the 1814 Battle of Stonington. The National Park Service’s Battlefield Protection […]

Brrr It’s Cold Outside!

The temperatures are dropping as we approach the middle of winter. We hope you’re staying warm this season! Animals, especially those that live in freezing marine climates, unfortunately don’t have the luxury of clothes, so how do they stay warm? Birds Many birds bear the cold weather seasonally or all year round! Some birds, like […]

Our Students LOVE Slime… And So Do Ocean Animals!

Slime has been a popular trend in the past few years and sure can make for a fun time. You know who else likes slime? Tons of ocean animals and creatures. They also make their own slime! In nature, animals usually use slime for protection. Read on to learn about a few ocean creatures who […]

Swimming Pool Science!

NESS educators are incredibly innovative and adaptable when it comes to creating and implementing programs. They work with schools and organizations to provide our programming no matter where the location is or what the topic is. This week on the blog, guest blogger and educator, Evan “Wookie” McOmber talks about the adaptability of our programs, […]

Seaweed Farming in Our Backyard!

So, you’ve heard of agriculture, but what about aquaculture? Well seaweed farming is happening right here in Long Island Sound! Let’s delve into this a little bit! Seaweed…first of all, the term “weed” has a pretty negative connotation, similar to “pest.” And for frequent beach-goers it can be a real pest! It’s stinky, gets caught […]