The New England Aquarium was proud to collaborate with the MIT Media Lab and National Geographic on the latest event from the Open Ocean initiative. Here Be Dragons, a two-day symposium, was dedicated to “identifying the uncharted territories of ocean exploration.”

Day one took place on the MIT campus in Cambridge and brought together innovators, artists, scientists, explorers, and storytellers dedicated to working towards healthier oceans. These changemakers included New England Aquarium Explorer in Residence Brian Skerry, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life Vice Presidents Dr. John Mandelman and Dr. Scott Kraus, two former fellows of the Anderson Cabot Center’s Marine Conservation Action Fund, and Anderson Cabot Center shark scientist Dr. Nick Whitney, among other notable and exciting names in ocean science and exploration.

New England Aquarium Explorer in Residence, and famous environmental photojournalist, Brian Skerry next to one of his iconic images.
New England Aquarium Explorer in Residence, and famous environmental photojournalist, Brian Skerry next to one of his iconic images.

After an exciting day of developing projects and ideas, teams of National Geographic Explorers, students, and researchers pitched their projects at the Aquarium on Tuesday evening. The teams developed insightful projects from laser-mapping systems to museum exhibition ideas that utilized new and emerging technologies and address gaps in our understanding and sharing of the ocean. Some projects will be selected for “Rapid Field Deployments” and support from National Geographic.

Visit the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life blog to see more pictures and learn more about how our scientists participated in this special event!