Hello, this is Andrew Heaney again; I last posted on this blog on June 7th. Quite a lot has happened since then; I have been working on both the day and night shifts, from 4 am to 4 pm. I can’t complain about the work itself nor the schedule. In the night shift, when Joe and the other night shift people deploy their nets, I help with writing down information on a clipboard and basically help everyone in the lab. The most interesting things we see, however, in my personal opinion at least, are the awesome little deep sea critters we catch in the nets!
Hannah Blair Blog 14 June 2018
Hello again from the night shift. We completed our third night of zooplankton towing last night, and while retrieving the net were accompanied by an energetic school of bandwing flyingfish. Turns out they had good reason for their leaping and gliding above the surface of the water: a pod of rough-toothed dolphins emerged from the dark ocean around us, eagerly chasing after flying fish snacks. A couple of the flyingfish stranded themselves on deck, allowing us a closer look.
I’m Lindsay Olson, an artist with a science-based practice and will spend time on board the RV Endeavor learning the basics of ocean acoustics. What makes this cruise unique for me is that I’ll also be participating in the science. I’ve had the opportunity to work with teams deploying and recovering the CTD (water sampling gear), marine mammal observation, and other duties as needed.
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