Thursday, May 9, 2013

What’s in a name?

Our SailBuoy is no longer nameless! 

Deep-C’s “Name That Buoy” contest came to a close last week. We received many creative and well thought out entries from high school science classes around the state of Florida.  But in the end, only one name could be selected.  So after careful deliberation by our expert panel of judges, the winner is…(drum roll please!)

Submitted by Mr. Walker’s Marine Science class at West Florida High School in Pensacola

Part of the inspiration was the term argonaut from Greek Mythology which refers to an explorer; a member of a band of men who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece being data (SST, salinity, and DO) collected over time for later analysis. Deep-C's ArgoKnot moves at a speed equal to about one nautical mile, or about 1.15 statute miles per hour, as it meanders about the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Argonauts' search for the Golden Fleece may be slightly more dramatic than our SailBouy’s journey.  But we appreciated the symbolism and really... who can resist a good pun! 

In addition to being an intrepid seafarer, an Argonaut is also a pelagic octopus otherwise known as the paper nautilus

So thank you to all of the classes that took the time to suggest names for our SailBuoy and that have followed her activities as she moves around the Gulf.  Stay tuned for an article on the website sharing the most notable contest entries submitted.  And to those who participated, look for a small token of appreciation from us at Deep-C to be sent shortly via snail mail.  We hope you will continue to track Deep-C's ArgoKnot as the end of her journey nears. 

Posted by:

Amelia Vaughan,
Ocean Science Educator


  1. Ms. Vaughan,
    Once processed, will the data collected by ARGOKNOT be available for other researchers to use?

    1. Hello,

      Dr. Nico Wienders has provided the following response:

      In a way the data is already accessible to all via the interactive map available through the Deep-C website at But indeed it is not processed yet. Once this is done we might keep it for a little bit so that an intern working this summer on the project (with Dr. Lars Hole) can have the first shot at producing results and articles. Right after the processed data will be made public to all, as it is the rule for any consortium in the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.