Voyager for Kids

Science questions from kids of all ages are answered by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, scientists. Ask one yourself here for a chance to win a Scripps t-shirt!

Voyager: Will the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill involve all sorts of mutations or new species of sea life?
Submitted by Marisa G., 15, Alpha, N.J.
May 04, 2011
Voyager: Do whales and seals have to flee from certain Arctic environments once the sea ice conditions are altered? If so, where would they flee and why would it matter?
Submitted by Ryan F., 17, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Apr 01, 2011
Voyager: Have whales always inhabited the Arctic? If not, where did they originally come from and how did they adapt?
Submitted by Teressa B., 17, Kotzebue, Alaska
Apr 01, 2011
Voyager: Do Whales and Seals Have to Flee from Certain Arctic Environments once Sea Ice Conditions are Altered?

Mar 01, 2011
Voyager: Have whales always inhabited the Arctic? If not, where did they originally come from and how did they adapt?

Mar 01, 2011
Scripps physical oceanographer Dean Roemmich Voyager: What makes the ocean salty and how much salt is in the ocean?
Submitted by Benjamin G., 6, Ruston, La.
Jan 03, 2011
Voyager: What makes the ocean salty and how much salt is in the ocean?

Jan 03, 2011
Voyager: Does water from the California coast ever become water in the Atlantic Ocean?

Jan 03, 2011
Physical oceanographer Dean Roemmich What makes the ocean salty and how much salt is in the ocean?
Submitted by Benjamin G, 6, Ruston, La.
Jan 01, 2011
This illustration shows patterns of ocean currents. Voyager: Does water from the California coast ever become water in the Atlantic Ocean?
Does water from the California coast ever become water in the Atlantic Ocean?
Jan 01, 2011
Voyager: Can marine life adapt to climate change and pollution in the ocean so it doesn’t hurt them anymore?

Nov 04, 2010
Voyager: Can marine life adapt to climate change and pollution in the ocean so it doesn't hurt them anymore?
Submitted by Madeline H., 13, Purcellville, Virginia
Nov 01, 2010
Voyager: What impact would an oil leak have on the gulf and surrounding land if a higher-category hurricane were to hit the area?
Submitted by Pablo O., 14, Sacramento, Calif.
Nov 01, 2010
Voyager: Are natural compounds scientists are studying being found in the water itself, or are they being collected from some other part of the ocean?
Submitted by Megan W., 16, Horton, Mich.
Sep 01, 2010
Voyager: How much of the earth is truly undiscovered, above and/or below water?
Submitted by Korby T., 18, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Sep 01, 2010
Scripps research vessel Melville was used during a March rapid response cruise off Chile. Voyager: If you are on a ship, can you feel an earthquake/tsunami?
Submitted by 5th grade students, Desert Mesa Elementary School, Yuma, Ariz.
Jul 01, 2010
Voyager: How are sensors connected to the ocean floor? Will the stations move?
Submitted by 7th grade students, High Tech High Middle School, San Diego, Calif.
May 01, 2010
Voyager: As they move through the ocean, how far do AUVs and gliders go?
Submitted by 7th grade students, High Tech High Middle School, San Diego, Calif.
May 01, 2010
Chelsea Rochman collects specimens for laboratory study during the SEAPLEX voyage. Voyager: Are there specific chemicals in marine plastic debris that pose more of a threat than others?
Submitted by 10th through 12th grade students, St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif.
Mar 01, 2010
SEAPLEX researchers encountered a large ghost net with tangled rope, plastic, and various biological organisms. Voyager: As scientists study the effects of plastic-related toxins that marine organisms are ingesting, are they finding the chemical or physical effect to be more dangerous?
Submitted by 10th through 12th grade students, St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif.
Mar 01, 2010
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