News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 31, 2014
Reporting live from the E/V Nautilus
BHCS science teacher offers interactive sessions from the Mesoamerican Reef

Reporting live from the E/V Nautilus

Blue Hill Consolidated School science teacher Nell Herrmann will speak with the public in a live web stream from on board the E/V Nautilus, on expedition in the Mesoamerican Reef, at the BHCS library in Blue Hill, Maine on August 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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by Anne Berleant

Nell Herrmann, a science teacher at Blue Hill Consolidated School, is spending part of her summer vacation on board the Nautilus, an explorer vessel on a research mission in the Mesoamerican Reef, off the Belizean and Honduran coasts. One of two communication fellows tasked with narrating a live Web feed from underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), Herrmann leaves on July 31 to join the expedition, and will offer a series of live, interactive sessions at the BHCS library beginning Monday, August 4.

Herrmann is one of 19 teachers in the world to serve as a Science Communication Fellow for Dr. Robert Ballard, expedition leader, and the Ocean Exploration Trust during the 2014 field season, according to a press release. The E/V Nautilus will be looking for biodiversity and unique corals in the world’s second largest reef through cameras attached to two giant ROVs, named Argus and Hercules.

“ROVs really allow us access to parts of the planet we wouldn’t otherwise have access to, and [provide] information we wouldn’t be able to gather,” Herrmann said in a recent interview.

During the live sessions, the public will be able to ask questions and exchange ideas with Herrmann about the expedition and, more specifically, “talk about what we see, as we see it.”

The live feed from the Nautilus will be shown in large-screen format from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: August 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 15. Herrmann will be on-screen for the first session, while for the subsequent ones she will be a vocal but unseen presence.

To view live footage from the Nautilus 24 hours a day, and for more information about the expedition, visit