Updates:

1st Voyage

In October 2019, students at Winnacunnet High School prepared their miniboat Riptide for a research expedition: To better understand sea turtle strandings in Massachusetts Bay. Here is a picture of a couple of the students getting ready to paint the hull.

Photo thanks to Winnacunnet High

2nd Voyage

Here is the Riptide at sea for its second voyage in Massachusetts Bay:

 

3rd Voyage

On its third voyage it landed in the sand dunes. Thanks to Ms. Boland who was visiting the Cape who helped to recover it and bring it back to Audubon for redeployment. Also thanks to NH State Trooper Lazos for this efforts as well! The local community is helping out a lot with this research project and we are very grateful.

4th Voyage

5th Voyage

The Riptide was released for a 5th time in Mass Bay on November 23. Thanks to beachwalker Bud Walcoulder it has been safely recovered.

6th Voyage

Another short trip to shore for the Riptide occurred on 11/27/2019. Thanks to Natalie for moving the boat to safety while it awaits recovery.

This miniboat is being deployed multiple times in an effort to gather information about winds and currents in Massachusetts Bay to correlate with sea turtle strandings. To see all of the assets being deployed, visit the map here.