Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

August 6, 2011

tender boat scout

Patches of Sargassum are blown by prevailing winds into windrows that can extend tens of meters. Parallel lines of windrows were observed drifting past Lone Ranger but rough seas and winds prevented any larger aggregations from forming.

five sargassum fish

Two white-tailed tropicbirds flew around the ship today as we neared Bermuda. These seabirds feed on fish and squid by diving into the surface waters. In Bermuda this characteristic bird is called “Longtail” for its prominent tail feathers.

fish in seaweed

The impending storm supplied bands of clouds that were vibrantly illuminated during sunset.

—Debbie Nail Meyer

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