Creep into the Deep
Virtual Research Mission to the Deep-Sea

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Part of WhaleTimes Taking Science Deeper

Creep into the Deep creates a connection between scientists and students. It also lets you bring deep-sea animals, exploration, and *science into your classrooms in a unique and inviting way. By participating in the program, your students become Virtual members of a deep sea mission and even send their autographs into the abyss!   *STEM topics are brought to life with deep sea explorations.

The deep? Why? Deep-sea scientists lead exciting and often daring lives in order to study the animals and environment they love. However, devastating changes in water pressure, temperature, and light, make diving to the deep more dangerous than rocketing to space. Plus, astronauts rarely worry about predators — three times larger than their vessel — looking for that “crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside” snack!

What’s in the deep that’s worth risking one’s life? Animals dressed in red velvet, some as transparent as glass, and others that flash and ripple with light so bright it hurts your eyes. From glow-in-the-dark poop to hagfish oozing buckets of slime, every animal and discover in the deep is weirder and more wonderful than the next.

Take your science deeper by enrolling in WhaleTimes Creep into the Deep program!

Pisces deep-sea submersible


    *In 2011, Creep into the Deep join a cruise featured  deep-sea exploration with researchers from NOAA, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Bishop Museum, State Div of Aquatic Resources, and the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL)

See photos from cruise.

 Teachers are raving about their Creep into the Deep experience.  Here are just a few comments we've received:

“…an unprecedented opportunity to learn about research at sea….

...Offered our landlocked students a unique opportunity to learn more about the oceans from deep sea explorers…

..I love that it was interactive and students were able to [connect] with the scientists"


Wondering what the scientists emails might be like? Read sample Seamails from the original Creep into the Deep missions

January 2010 Sample 1

January 2010 Sample 2

January 2010 Sample 3

January 2010 Sample 4


oin us on the next mission to the deep 2014-2015 school year. Here's the 411:

K-12th grade Students, teachers...schools,

 You are invited to become virtual members of a deep-sea research team through WhaleTimes newest program Creep into the Deep created in cooperation with  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Students become virtual members of a deep-sea research mission by:

w Signing the Creep into the Deep poster (which is then sent to the scientist)

w Following their signatures into the deep

w Tracking ocean exploration on-line through emails, updates, and  photographs from the scientists while they're at sea 

w Discovering more about the ocean through inquiry-based curriculum

After the mission, the scientist certifies the signatures made it to the deep by autographing the poster and noting the date, depth, and dive location. Posters are returned to participating schools to display proudly.

Celebration of Conservation meets national and state Core Curriculum, STEM, and Ocean Literacy Standards.


**Available MISSION (Cruise dates are subject to change.):


Watch here for updates on available cruises

Thanks. WhaleTimes



  • Cruises and dates are subject to change.

  • Though some missions might be in the same location, each has different research goals and science teams.

  • Detailed information provided after enrollment.


What if available cruises don’t fit my schedule? Though we encourage classes to follow the research cruise while it’s happening, we understand schools have schedules or curriculum requirements that are not always flexible. No problem. Have your students sign the poster and send it to us. We'll return it after the cruise, signed by the scientist. The logs and other information from the research cruise be available on-line when your schedule allows you to incorporate it into the classroom.



Fees: chimaera     (for non grant funded dives)

  •    *Minimum Donation: $25 (includes poster and shipping/handling to schools and scientist.)

  •    Additional posters: $8 each. (No postage fee if poster requested with original registration.)

*Additional fees outside United States
Save $5 by enrolling in both the Creep into the Deep and Bold in the Cold at the same time (posters must be mailed at same time).

In order to offer this program we must charge a small donation fee which covers printing and postage costs. WhaleTimes staff and participating scientists are (happily) volunteering their time and energy to make the program possible. Not only are your donations appreciated, they are tax deductible. Thank you.

 Questions? Contact creepintothedeep[at]  

WhaleTimes is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.



*January 2011 research grant information: This project was supported in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Ocean Program under award NA07NOS4780188 to the Bishop Museum, NA07NOS4780187 and NA07NOS478190 to the University of Hawaii, and NA07NOS4780189 to the State of Hawaii; and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research's Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory under award NA10OAR4300132.


Unless noted, Creep into the Deep is self-funded by WhaleTimes via registration fees and private donations. All labor, from the scientists time and effort to the office staff...etc. is all volunteer. Thank you for your support.


Past Creep into the Deep cruises with the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory:

 Nov 23-Dec 06, 2009


   *Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,
   Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

        (and off Ni‘ihau, "the Forbidden Island" in the main Hawaiian Islands)

Registration deadline: CLOSED

(Poster signed by students must be received by 11-13-09)


The Missions:
s Megafauna of Deep Seamounts and Ridges in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument: Year 2 (NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries)

s Acoustic Tracking of Bottomfish in and around a Restricted Fishing Area (RFA) off Ni`ihua (NOAA Fisheries - Pacific Regional Office)


The science team is back and it was a HUGE success. Thank you Dr. John Smith , Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, NOAA and  all the extraordinary researchers on the cruise for answering our questions and sharing your deep sea cruise with our students! 


 January 11-17, 2010



**Au‘au Channel (between Maui and Molokai, Hawai'i)  


The science team is back and it was a HUGE success. Thank you Dr. Frank Parrish, NOAA, the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, and  all the extraordinary researchers on the cruise for answering our questions and sharing your deep sea cruise with our students!  


*Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,This paper is a result of research funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Coastal Ocean Program, under award NA07NOS4780188 to the Bishop Museum, NA07NOS4780187 and NA07NOS478190 to the

University of Hawaii, NA07NOS4780189 to the State of Hawaii, and to the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Submersible

support was provided by NOAA Undersea Research Program's Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory under award NA05OAR4301108."


**Au'au Channel: This work was supported in part by NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, Grant #NA07NOS4780188, 

Deep Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies:  Investigating the Deep (50-100 m) Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of Hawaii."


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