Wrapping up another cycle

We towed Seasoar all day on the 5th and finished about noon on the 6th. Kind of quiet while everyone finished some analysis, or read, worked on other work.  Scientists had a meeting to determine where to start  the new cycle.  There have been quite a few small sea birds coming on board at night.  They just fly in , land on the deck and look for a place to tuck

Visiting Graduate student Fabio Companello helping with Oozeki nets

themselves in.  We put out a box to keep them in until morning, then release them.  The restech doesn’t want them to get into any of the equipment and hurt the birds or the equipment.  Once they land on deck they are easy to pick up and place in the box.  We have seen quite a few whales out here as well, from far aways so we are not sure what type, probably fins, perhaps blues. During the MOCNESS late last night there was a sea lion swimming around just trying see if we had anything interesting. But plankton is not on his menu.

Course of the ship while surveying with longitude/latitude.

The seasoar plot is a 3 dimensional picture of temperature, salinity, fluorescence, and density.   This gives an overview of water masses, conditions and biomass.  Fluorescence is a measurement of chlorophyll in the water which is an indicator of phytoplankton.  Follow this series of photographs. Can you describe the characteristics of the water mass they are surveying?  Please send us a comment...

Fluorescence is a measurement of chlorophyll.

Salinity plot Lat:33-12.7N Long:120-46.1W

Density plot

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