The malfunctioning Slocum Glider lies tied the deck of the research vessel Sikuliaq after the ship crew and researchers captured it at about 1 a.m. Aug. 27. Photo courtesy of Diana Campbell

FAIRBANKS — Crew members of University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel Sikuliaq recently rescued a $200,000, UAF-owned underwater research glider in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. 

UAF scientists said the Slocum Glider — a yellow, 5-foot long, computerized vehicle with wings and a rudder — was programmed to dive repeatedly to 164 feet and gather data on marine life, water temperatures, salinity and currents. The glider then communicated the data to researchers, who controlled the machine remotely.