Three Miles Below Sea Level, Can Be a Dark & Mysterious Place

Chief Pilot of World’s Most Renowned Submersible to Speak on March 16

Alvin Photo Courtesy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Virginia Key, FL — March 1, 2011 — Wonder what it looks like 3 miles below sea level? Well Bruce Strickrott, the Chief pilot of the ALVIN, can tell you. As the Sea Secret lecturer for March he has been on 308 dives in the ALVIN, the first and most advanced submersible research vessel. He will share stories of the deep sea we can only imagine and read about in books like Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Strickrott will share bone-chilling stories of the exotic and mysterious creatures of the ocean’s floor on Wednesday, March 16 in the Unvieristy of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School Marine & Atmospheric Science Auditorium.

Built in 1964, the ALVIN has been on more than 4,400 dives. Some of its most famous dives include a voyage to the lost hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea in 1966 and the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1986. Carrying two scientists and a pilot, the ALVIN is known to spend more than eight hours at a time surveying the oceans deepest locations. Strickrott will share what it’s like to peer out a viewport at 4,500 meters below and work one of ALVIN’s robotic ‘hands’. Strickrott will also discuss some of the recently installed technology aboard the ALVIN that makes this research vessel truly unique.

UM’s Rosenstiel School and the Ocean Research and Education Foundation host the popular Sea Secrets lecture series. These events are free and open to the public, and are designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet, and much of which, are still an enigma. Lectures begin at 6:00 p.m., and are preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. The 2011 Sea Secrets Lecture series is sponsored by the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science, The Shepard Broad Foundation, The Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, Southern Wine & Spirits and is organized by Robert N. Ginsburg.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

bruce strickrott •  alvin •  sea secrets •