Lights out, it’s a wrap
October 3, 2012
Our blue-water divers went out first thing this morning for one last sampling effort. They collected more, interesting ctenophores and siphonophores, including two pristine specimens of Nanomia bijuga for Freya Goetz.
We found out from the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilots last night that more work needed to be done on the tether, so we would not be launching the ROV today. Instead we would be heading back to MBARI a little earlier than planned. We will clean our cabins and pack up the lab on our way back into Moss Landing and hope to be home in time for dinner.
Tomorrow the scientists will continue the work they started on the ship back in the lab on shore. They will conduct detailed molecular studies on our many new animal specimens to reinforce the at-sea morphological observations, and then use the data to parse together evolutionary relationships. One more small step towards a better understanding of deep-sea ecosystems!
A huge thank you to our ship’s crew, Captain George Gunther, Matt Noyes, Andrew McKee, Anthony Atthowe, Perry Shoemake, Fred Peemoeller, Olin Jordan, Jason Jordan, Dan Chamberlain, and especially to the man who keeps us all fed, Patrick Mitts. Also, hats off to our skilled ROV pilots, Knute Brekke, Mark Talkovic, Randy Prickett, Bryan Schaefer, and Ben Erwin. Truly, we couldn’t have done it without all of the above.
Looking back on a few cruise highlights:
“Using high-tech tools is one way to monitor the ocean. Another way is to have many eyes watching and gathering data. This citizen-science approach is what we are trying to use to monitor global jellyfish trends, through the website and database jellywatch.org.”—Steve Haddock