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San Francisco Voyages happen once a year and are the highlight of our public event opportunities. Join the Marine Science Institute for a 2-hour exploration of the San Francisco Bay aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the R.V. Robert G. Brownlee and discover the life in the estuary and how we are connected to it. Take in breathtaking views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges while we cruise the waterways of the SF Embarcadero. Working as a team, participants deploy a 16-foot trawl net to bring fishes on board, set a Peterson Mud Grab to collect a sample of sediment from the bottom of the bay (the benthos) to examine closely to discover live invertebrates, and lastly observe and discuss live plant and animal plankton using a microscope and digital display.