Expedition Log

06.17.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019 – Log 5

Content Manager Nancy Barr The stunning jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium provides visitors a special glimpse into the wondrous diversity of life in the deep sea—the largest habitat on Earth. These animals are part of the intricate marine food web. Successfully exhibiting jellies at the aquarium takes a team of aquarists, including Tommy …

Expedition Log

06.17.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019 – Log 4

Vanessa Stenvers, MBARI summer intern Rondi Robison, manager, Ocean Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz We have been out for six days on the midwater ecology summer expedition. During this voyage we have been using the ROV Doc Ricketts to observe and sample life in the deep sea. Some dives have had specific missions …

Expedition Log

06.14.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019 – Log 3

Ben Burford, Ph.D. candidate, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford  If you spend enough time looking out over the ocean, there is a chance you will see marine mammals of one sort or another; perhaps a whale will spout, or a sea lion will cruise by. But unlike these air-breathers, most animals in the ocean that grow …

Expedition Log

06.12.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019 – Log 2

Every evening all over the world ocean a mass migration takes place during which animals from the deep swim upwards into the surface ocean to feed under the cover of darkness. When they are full, and the sun begins to light up the surface waters, these animals swim back down to their dark daytime homes …

Expedition Log

06.11.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019 – Log 1

Content Manager Nancy Barr First order of business for the day was to collect animals to fill the chambers of the Midwater Respirometry System. The jelly Colobonema sericeum (the “silky” jelly) was particularly prevalent today, so we collected several of these small, delicate gelatinous animals and placed them in their designated containers. Once full, the …

Expedition Log

06.11.19

Midwater Ecology Expedition Summer 2019

MBARI Expedition #466 Expedition goal: The principal goal of this expedition is to measure oxygen consumption rates of select deep-sea animals using a custom-designed tool, the Midwater Respirometry System (MRS), at both shallow and deep locations. We will also be observing and collecting midwater animals to investigate their ecology, physiology, and behavior in conjunction with …