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 29, 2011
Arrival at Station #6


swallow
Four, small swallow or swift-type birds appeared around the ship today as we drifted at station #6. The birds were possibly blown off-course by winds and are finding temporary refuge on the ship.

ship at sea
A view of Lone Ranger from the water. Ship engineers worked all day to fix the engine control system that is needed to maneuver the ship precisely during instrument recovery. The calm weather provided an opportunity for some snorkeling investigations in the late afternoon.

Sargassum adrift
Small pieces of Sargassum drifted past the ship. A brown alga, Sargassum has distinctive air-filled floats that look like tiny grapes that help it stay buoyant in the water. Feathery hydroids, relatives of corals, are attached.

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