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2006 Otter Bowl

Otter Bowl 2006

What is Otter Bowl? Otter Bowl, in Monterrey, CA, is a regional competition of the NOSB (National Oceanographic Science Bowls). The winning team of Otter Bowl goes on to fight the fifteen other regional champions in the Nationals. The questions that can be asked are practically limitless, as they need only involve the ocean in some slight way to be applicable. Because of the me and my four team mates have been studying everything from Benthic Epifauna to Gidget surf movies for the past three years (when I joined the team). Although NOSB rules strictly prohibit any photographing during the competitions I have gotten three good photos from their web site, I also have lots of photos from the trip, including a very cool tour of Stanford's Hopkins Marine Laboratory, next door to the Monterrey Aquarium. For more information please visit


Emily on the road to Otter Bowl

Fog creeping in over the Pacific coast Hwy

THAT is what we study

The night before, Steven puts on some mood music as Eileen studies away

Morning of, everyone is feeling a bit blurry at 6:45 am

We're a mean looking bunch

A great shot of us working on a team question

One of the few pictures that makes me look rather smart

Us at the semi finals (we're the good looking bunch competing on the left)

a pretty bad team picture (we thought we might look less odd and more like a fish... but you cant win them all)

Yay! 3rd - for how many years in a row? (4)

Emily at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Our tour of the Stanford research lab next door to the aquarium - we're led by the wonderful Dr. Christian

Harbor seals amid the rocks. note the wonderfully visible layers of muscles and then Algae on the rocks (The seals are the same dark color of the muscles/algae when wet, and then when they dry they are the same color at the bare rocks)

the research lab has a small deer heard that hangs out - during fall (mating) and spring (fawns) they will go so far as to chase scientists away from their parts of the buildings

As this picture illustrates, Marine biologist have always been good looking and gender diverse

The Chinese village that used to be on the now current site of the research lab - it burnt down and the railroad Barron prevented it from being re-built, so to save PR face he donated the land to science.

Some very old and poorly maintained samples (they don't use formaldehyde anymore, and no one feels like changing the alcohol)

an old professor teaching the legendary course called 'invertebrates' - it was legendary because invertebrates make up 90% of all life on earth... and he still did a good job.

 a whale vertebra and half a Jaw This hole in the jaw bone is where nerves come out to connect to the whale lips and chin - the hole is the size of my finger!

that is the top half of a wale skull

this is a sardine flat - back when Monterey Bay still had Sardines these would float out in the bay. the large ships would come up to them and dump all of their sardines in tot hem - then large suction tubes would carry the sardines from them under the watter straight in tot he canneries - it was a process so efficient there are currently NO sardines left in Monterrey

Creation date: Feb 28, 2006 2:29pm     Last modified date: Dec 12, 2006 10:29pm   Last visit date: Aug 3, 2020 3:28am
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Mar 1, 2006  ( 3 comments )  
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Mar 28, 2006  ( 3 comments )  
Tom Carr (penpaint)
Ian -- This is a beautiful and interesting pho  GOOD WORK
Ian Carr (redlightbulb)
To get an Idea of what the questions are like check out this little quiz on the NOSB site. Also, If you haven't seen them, take a look at the competition photos I've added (as they've become available)
Kathy Carr (kathy)
wow, I flunked that quiz!
Mar 29, 2006  ( 2 comments )  
Christina Roper (croper)
2 out of 5!   woooo!
Robert Carr (robert)
Ian, I really enjoyed the new photos of the actual competition.  I like that in the final your team was white versus the bad guys in black!
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