July 28: Travelling across the Sargasso Sea

Lone Ranger travels through the Sargasso Sea en route to science station #6. The clear blue waters indicate that this is a food-limited habitat. We’ve had a few sightings of flying fish and bits of seaweed, but absolutely no seabirds.

Lone Ranger travels through the Sargasso Sea en route to science station #6. The clear blue waters indicate that this is a food-limited habitat. We’ve had a few sightings of flying fish and bits of seaweed, but absolutely no seabirds.

Isolated squalls form on the horizon during our transit.

Isolated squalls form on the horizon during our transit.


Scientists and crew prepare for recovering the deep-sea mooring tomorrow. The crane will be used to lift it out of the water and lower it onto the deck. The team walks through the process to ensure that everything goes smoothly. It is a delicate operation involving heavy equipment, a rolling ship, and sensitive scientific instruments.

Scientists and crew prepare for recovering the deep-sea mooring tomorrow. The crane will be used to lift it out of the water and lower it onto the deck. The team walks through the process to ensure that everything goes smoothly. It is a delicate operation involving heavy equipment, a rolling ship, and sensitive scientific instruments.


Clouds on the horizon glow during sunset. The Lone Ranger will reach the location of the deep-sea observatory in the early hours tomorrow.

Clouds on the horizon glow during sunset. The Lone Ranger will reach the location of the deep-sea observatory in the early hours tomorrow.

—Debbie Nail Meyer