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Scripps Fleet News

Del Mar Seep tubeworms and crab.

Scripps Video News Release: Researchers Release Details of Recently Discovered ‘Del Mar Seep’
Video illustrates deep-sea methane seep site found 30 miles west of San Diego coast

Around the Pier: A ‘Bittersweet’ Send-off for Scripps Research Vessel
After 46 years, R/V Melville is retired with recollections and a rare public open house of Scripps fleet’s largest ship

Ship silhouetted against a golden sunset.

Scripps Oceanography Open House for Retiring Research Ship Melville
R/V Melville Visited by Hundreds from the Local Community to Bid Farewell

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