Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Climate Change and Ocean Communities
Studying the Sargasso Sea
February 1 -13, 2012
Cruise 2: July 27 - August 10, 2011
February 6 - 26, 2011
July 28, 2011
Travelling across the Sargasso Sea

Sea off the Bahamas
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.
Squalls on horizon
Isolated squalls form on the horizon during our transit.
Scientists at work on deck
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 as sunset approaches off the Bahamas
Clouds on the horizon glow during sunset. The Lone Ranger will reach the location of the deep-sea observatory in the early hours tomorrow.

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