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Introducing... Argo floats

Sailing yacht Libby, crewed by Terry and Dena Singh, and taking part in the Blue Planet Odyssey, took onboard eight Argo floats in San Diego for deployment in the Pacific Ocean, in a remote area of ocean west of the Galapagos Islands.

Libby's fore cabin full of Argo floats

Libby’s fore cabin full of Argo floats

An Argo float is a battery-powered autonomous float that spend most of its life drifting at depths of between 1000m to 2000m, measuring the temperature and salinity of the water around it and then coming back to the surface to send its data back via the satellite network. 

The Blue Planet Odyssey fleet will be leaving the Galapagos Islands on March 10th for one of their longest legs  –  2980 nautical miles to the Marquesas Islands. Libby will be deploying the floats in specific locations along the route. Watching with especial interest are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes of Wildcat Mountain Elementary School in the state of Colorado, not far from Terry and Dena’s home town. The school is following Libby’s route around the world as part of the Sail the Odyssey education program.

Argo float ready for deployment from Libby

Argo float ready for deployment from Libby

Other Blue Planet Odyssey yachts will deploy drifter buoys west of the Galapagos.

 

Visit our page on Argo floats for more information

Before they left San Diego last month, Terry and Dena filmed their visit to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to see how the Argo floats are manufactured, with Michael McClune who is Principal Development Engineer along with Argo specialist John Gilson.

 

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