plankton-net

So I just got back from a trip to the Duke Marine lab, so have Voltron marine AU headcanons!

  • Allura, Coran, and Lance work on a small fishing trawler often hired out by the lab to take the marine students
  • Allura is the Captain of the vessel (Voltron), which she inherited from her father
  • She’s the best at navigating the waters and using the imaging sonar to detect pockets of marine life
  • Coran operates the fishing trawl and enjoys answering the students questions about what he does or about what they encounter
  • Lance helps Coran with the trawl and is the best at helping identify their catch
  • He especially loves handing off organisms to the students for them to hold, especially if they’re wary at first about handling them
  • Shiro, Keith, Hunk, and Pidge are all students
  • Pidge in particular is interested in studying environmental marine biology and collects a lot of water samples for further analysis in the lab
  • Pidge is also fond of the little guys, and has the crew run a plankton net on their voyages 
  • Hunk studies the effect of commercial fishing on the marine food web structure
  • He and Lance have lively discussions including the sustainability of the industry and its impact on both the ecosystem and the economy
  • The crew answer all the questions Hunk has on how the practices are carried out aboard fishing vessels in the area and any changes they’ve noticed in the ecosystem over the years
  • Shiro studies estuary ecosystems: he’s fascinated by the ability for organisms living in these environments to adapt to large changes in salinity
  • Allura makes sure to visit the estuaries during different tides for Shiro’s research
  • During the times they’re out in the open ocean Shiro spends a lot of the time in the cabin with Allura, who is often left alone while the others are on deck
  • At one point she teaches Shiro how to steer the boat and tells him about Voltron’s colorful history
  • Keith prefers studying creatures in the open ocean and specifically loves studying the anatomy and adaptations they have for their environment
  • When they catch a shark in one of their trawls Keith falls in love with how effortlessly Lance picks up and holds the shark
  • When Lance asks if Keith wants to hold her, Keith almost swoons
  • Keith gets badly sunburned while on the boat and is embarrassed when he has Shiro, Hunk, and Coran fussing over him.  
  • Especially when Pidge and  Lance make fun of him (though even Pidge didn’t escape the UV rays completely)
  • At the end of the day, Shiro, Hunk, Keith, and Pidge invite the crew out for dinner as thanks
  • Instead, they hold a cookout
  • Lance and Coran show the others how to clean fish and everyone is impressed when Allura shows them how to cleanly pop the head off of the shrimp with their hands
  • Coran and Hunk swap their favorite ways to prepare and cook seafood
  • Everyone swaps stories of the craziest things they’ve seen out on the water or in the lab
  • Pidge wins hands down when describing a behavioral study done on an octopus named Rover