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Midwater Ecology Expedition Fall 2019 – Log 5

Henk-Jan and Stella Scheer We are guest scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and are very happy to join the MBARI midwater expedition on the Western Flyer. During this week, we have been documenting and collecting a range of midwater animals. Such in situ observations provide much more than an image alone. …

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Midwater Ecology Expedition Fall 2019 – Log 4

The word from Captain George Gunther was that we might have a short dive Tuesday due to deteriorating weather. This was seconded by the modern sailor’s favorite tool, windy.com. But first thing in the morning, the winds were light and we began our dive at 6:30 a.m., as always, feeling optimistic and excited about what …

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Midwater Ecology Expedition Fall 2019 – Log 3

Kat Bolstad It is wonderful to be back at sea. I’ve had the honor of sailing with the Western Flyer crew several times before, but not since 2015 (life and small children have happened in the meantime), so it’s great to be back aboard. And this cruise has gotten off to a wonderfully squiddy start for me—I lead …

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Midwater Ecology Expedition Fall 2019 – Log 2

Updates from researchers on the R/V Western Flyer: Sunday, November 17, 2019 Astrid Leitner We started out at our deep dive location just outside Monterey Bay on Saturday. We dove all the way to the bottom to about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) where we deployed Henk-Jan and Stella’s bait package and filled up the Midwater Respirometry …

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Midwater Ecology Expedition Fall 2019 – Log 1

We departed Moss Landing on Friday heading out to our first dive location on the south side of Monterey Canyon. The weather and sea conditions were pretty calm making for a nice beginning to our seven-day expedition. There are a lot of different objectives for this week but, luckily, the science team is flexible and …