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Wonders of Nature

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     Yesterday was filled with the wonders of nature, not only from the ocean depths but at the surface as well.  Early in the day we were lucky enough to see some dolphins. The pod of dolphins was quite substantial and had around 50 members. They were splashing and jumping up in the water and bow riding along with the ship. 

 

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  Dolphins Bow Riding 

 

 

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Sunset at Sea  

     In the evening around 10 pm after we had processed the samples from the nets, the lights were turned off on the deck of the boat.  It was possible to see so many stars and a few of us even got to see some shooting stars.  And not to be outdone, the ocean water was putting on a show too!  The wake of the boat had a slight glow from the bioluminescent plankton in the water.  Bright flashes of light were able to be seen sparkling in the water when some of the floating pyrosomes & other bioluminescent organisms were churned up at the water’s surface. Unfortunately my camera could not capture the beautiful display.

Teacher at Sea,

Christia Hewlett

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  • Guest
    Audrey Monday, 09 May 2016

    How many bioluminescent animals were there?

  • Guest
    Cyrah Monday, 09 May 2016

    What type of dolphins did you see?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Saturday, 14 May 2016

    Cyrah, we think that they might have been spinner dolphins according to one of the crew members from the ship.

  • Guest
    Brianna Monday, 09 May 2016

    Did you see any angler fish yet?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    Brianna we have seen a few different species of angler fish. I will try to post some pictures.

  • Guest
    Jordan Monday, 09 May 2016

    Have you gotten sea sick yet?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    The first day and a half I was very sea sick. I couldn't even keep down a few crackers and water. Ever since the second day I have been doing much better.

  • Guest
    Hunter Monday, 09 May 2016

    What kind of animals have you seen in the nets?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    We have found many different types of fish, several types of squid, and many crustaceans.

  • Guest
    Alex H Monday, 09 May 2016

    How many specimens did you find?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Saturday, 14 May 2016

    Alex, As of today we have collected more than 6,000 fish alone.

  • Guest
    Matthew R. Monday, 09 May 2016

    What are the names of the bio luminescent organisms you saw?

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Saturday, 14 May 2016

    Matthew, some were pyrosomes, some were dinoflagellates, there were some other items that I am not sure about.

  • Christia Hewlett
    Christia Hewlett Saturday, 14 May 2016

    Audrey, the dinoflagellates are very small so there were so many you could not make out individual organisms. It just resulted in a faint glow. The pyrosomes and other items were larger and less frequent but still more than I could count.

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