February 27: Day 20 – packing up

We are busy packing up and preparing to leave. The researchers have filled a six-meter shipping container with ROV Phantom, the baited camera system, and associated gear that will be sent back to California. The samples were boxed-up separately and will be sent via air shipping to keep them fresh.

The research team and ship's crew gather for a group picture.

The research team and ship’s crew gather for a group picture.

Soon the scientists and crew will go their separate ways but hope to see one another again on a future expedition. We are very grateful for the support of the Schmidt Ocean Institute and MBARI to carry out this unique research opportunity.

Sunset in the Sargasso Sea.

Sunset in the Sargasso Sea.

— Debbie Nail Meyer