The idea of a dedicated platform for open ocean research developed from our false killer whale research that was initiated in 2005. Studying false killer whales has involved spending considerable amounts of time at sea on extended research surveys. It soon became obvious that these surveys yielded great potential for a number of interesting and exciting research projects on other taxa and disciplines. Our pilot whale, oceanic bottlenose and seabird studies started as by-products of the false killer whale work, but have now become projects in their own right. Hence, the idea of a dedicated oceanic research trust was born.