Oregon State University's state-of-the-art ocean research ship is docked in Portland through Saturday.

Educators said they want to give the public – and especially high schools students – the chance to learn more about marine science. The 177-foot vessel called the Oceanus has taken scientists all around the world to study various aspects of the ocean. The crew just returned from a trip where kids from local high schools and OSU researched marine birds and mammals.

On Friday, students from Portland’s Columbia Christian High School took a guided tour of the ship and the public is invited to do the same on Saturday.

OSU maintains and operates the ship and it’s usually docked in Newport. OSU Marine Superintendent Stewart Lamerdin says he wants people to see firsthand what ocean science really is and the career possibilities it affords.

“It’s a great exposure for kids and high school folks to realize there’s quite a diversity in the types of jobs and occupations they could have associated with going to sea,” said Lamerdin. “And for the public to see a ship owned by the National Science Foundation that is operated by a college from right here in Oregon.”

If you’d like to take a tour of the Oceanus, register online by going to bit.ly/2bTKyQ0

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