R/V SeaWorld UCLA is our institution's primary oceanographic vessel. It is owned by the Institute of the Environment and operated by coast-guard licensed captain Willie McCarthy. The SeaWorld is a 64 feet single hull vessel capable of transporting up to 40 passengers on day trips and up to 18 people for trips as long as 12 days. It is optimally suited for research and education cruises in the Southern California Bight.
The SeaWorld is used as the primary means for the shipboard-based observations of the Santa Monica Bay Observatory. Time-series cruises to the mooring site are currently being undertaken every two weeks, usually on Tuesday morning. Researchers/students interested in participating in these cruises should contact Dr. Anita Leinweber at (leinweber [at] igpp.ucla.edu)
For further information or to make a reservation, please visit SeaWorld's primary webpages at : www.ioe.ucla.edu/seaworld