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Earthquakes have never been easy to study in the oceans, but documenting their processes is important as scientists continue to conquer the data-poor seas. Ocean-bottom seismometers are relatively commonly used to gauge quakes undersea, and moored hydrophone systems pick up the odd earthquake as well. But those tools are expensive and difficult to deploy. Enter the Son-O-Mermaid, a platform developed over the course of decades to make things simpler and much less costly.