This Happened to My Buddy Eric

Our seventh float, My Buddy Eric, has been deployed


My Buddy Eric— Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA.

Location: 179° 59.7197’ E; 74° 54.0507’ S

Time: Fri 27 JAN 2023 10:17 UTC

Temperature: -1.6°C, Wind 18 kts SSE

Float Number: 21838

Float Type: Apex

Float Program: SOCCOM

This float was adopted by the marine biology classes at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA. 

map of the deployment location for My Buddy Eric

This map shows the location of the float deployment, approximately 460 km east of Jang Bogo Station.

A photo of the float My Buddy Eric with two crew members

My Buddy Eric is ready to deploy. Photo by Jenn Magnusson.

Photo of My Buddy Eric being lowered over the side of the ship

This happened to My Buddy Eric. Photo by Jenn Magnusson.

A photo of several crew members holding My Buddy Eric

Through rain, snow, sleet, or hail…this team will get the floats deployed! Photo by Jenn Magnusson.

Why My Buddy Eric? Marine Biology teacher Amber Lancaster describes the following. 

My Buddy Eric is a common internet meme or joke. People often will comment on posts or videos of occurrences claiming that their buddy, Eric, also did that or was part of the video in some way. A pretty common example of this is a video game clip where someone pulls off something really, really impressive. Viewers comment “oh my buddy eric pulled that off the other day,” but of course that’s not true. It’s completely sarcastic and satire and I adore the joke so much because of how spontaneous and innocent it is.

An image of the text detailing the launch of My Buddy Eric

An honest review of the launching of My Buddy Eric!