The Blazing Seven is slated to set sail on Monday, July 20 for the second DEEPEND ichthyoplankton cruise lead by Dr. Jay Rooker of Texas A&M University Galveston. The goal will be to survey larval and early juvenile pelagic fishes of the northern Gulf of Mexico's shelf and slope waters. You can learn more about this research here. Follow the DEEPEND team throughout this cruise as our teacher at sea, Megan Ehlers, and graduate student, Kendall Lord, blog and post photos detailing their experiences as they embark on their first oceanographic research cruise.