Conservation on the Cape

Nobska Lighthouse, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.As you cruise through diminutive Woods Hole, located in the southwest corner of the Cape in Falmouth, the streets practically crackle with scientific activity. There are federal research buildings and college satellite offices everywhere, all dedicated to studying the mysteries of the ocean. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration started it all back in 1871 when they founded the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and visitors today are invited to check out the NOAA Woods Hole Science Aquarium for an up-close look at 140 species of marine animals found in the Northeast, as well as seal feedings throughout the day. Just down the street, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world’s leading independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration and education. The institute performs critical research on ocean currents, coastal science, organisms, climate change, pollution, ocean geology and much more. They offer summer walking tours as well as the Ocean Science Exhibit Center, housing exhibits about ocean science research, and the tools and vessels used for the job.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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