Florida Institute of Oceanography

R/V Bellows

FIO R/V Bellows

For more than 40 years, the R/V Bellows has worked along the Florida estuaries and coastlines as a floating laboratory for scientists and students. Built as a research vessel to work in the Bahamas, the 71-foot Bellows is perfectly suited for science in shallow waters. Here is the link to the R/V Bellows Ship Specifications.

The Bellows secured her place in ocean science history in the 2005 expedition to Pulley Ridge, the nation’s deepest photosynthetic reef. Working as one of five vessels on the massive exploration project, the Bellows was used to conduct remotely operated vehicle and side-scan work on the examination of the reef. More recently, the Bellows has played a critical role gathering baseline data along Florida’s coast to compare future impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Capt. David Coy, Asst. Capt. Billy Coker, Engineer Matt Clark, Chef Patrick Foster

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