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Ocean Explorer Centre

Turn into an oceanographer when you visit the new Ocean Explorer Centre at Dunstaffnage and find out how the marine environment works:

You can operate an underwater observatory to discover what lives in the Firth of Lorn and what it sounds like down there!

Put on a lab coat to view algae under a research microscope. Did you know these green blobs produce half of the oxygen you breathe - and soon perhaps also the fuel that drives your car?

Get to know the technology that helps oceanographers explore the ocean currents that make Scotland's climate so much milder than the conditions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kids and those young at heart can crawl through our Arctic tunnel to find out what creaking glaciers sound like and what kind of animals live on, in and under the rapidly melting sea ice.

A cool (polar themed) little cinema shows short films about the work marine scientists from Oban and elsewhere do.

The Café Scientifique serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and home-baking and our small shop stocks a small but exciting range or sea and science related items.

The Ocean Explorer Centre puts on various events such as talk and walks, and works with schools and special interest groups. Keep an eye on our website to see what we are planning!

The Ocean Explorer Centre is on the shores of the Firth of Lorn, next to Dunstaffnage Castle 3 miles north of Oban. It is the visitor and outreach centre of the Scottish Association for Marine Science - Scotland's premier independent marine research organisation and an independent component of the University of the Highlands and Islands - and you may meet some of the researchers and students while you visit.

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  • Ocean Explorer Centre
  • SAMS
  • Scottish Marine Institute
  • Oban
  • PA37 1QA
  • Contact: Anuschka Miller
  • Phone: +44 (0) 1631 559300
  • Mobile: +44 (0) 7786 327780
  • Fax: 01631 559001