Merrill Science Teacher Heading out to Sea

This time around, it's the teacher taking a field trip rather than the students.

Lynn Kurth, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Prairie River Middle School, will soon be heading out to sea.

Kurth was selected to participate in the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) "Teacher at Sea" program.

The mission of the program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation.

Kurth will be traveling across the Northern Atlantic Ocean aboard the Gordon Gunter with NOAA scientist Pete Duley in order to tag and monitor northern right whales.

"Once the tag goes on the whale, it stays on approximately 72 hours and we'll follow that whale and gather water quality data which tells us quite a bit about their habitat," said Kurth.

The duo will also be monitoring water quality data in order to provide Shell Oil with vital information regarding drilling.

Kurth will leave for the trip on May 5th and will remain on the Gordon Gunter for a little more than 2 weeks.

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