The second portion of our research survey ("Leg 2") is complete! Over the course of ~3 intense days, we worked around the clock and deployed 104 XBTs, conducted 14 CTD casts, and completed 27 MOCNESS, 19 Neuston, and 6 mini-bongo tows - all in order to better understand the mesoscale eddies that had formed in the south of Cuba, and how these dynamic water masses may impact larval zooplankton and fish! (see this post for more about what we were looking for!)
While we are currently enjoying a little break from sampling, we'd love to share with you some images of the last few days....
|Planning in the dry lab to discuss our super-intense sampling strategy! Leif leads the discussion in the dry lab!|
|Left: Ryan carefully plots the next station|
Right: Megastations! Our white board gets full, listing all the planned station events
|Resultant velocity vectors showing the speed (vector length) and direction of the currents as we traversed |
the anticyclonic (rotating clockwise) eddy. Vector colors indicate sea surface temperature.
|Nets! Top: Sr. Survey Tech Samantha supervises the deployment of the MOCNESS|
Bottom: Scientists Leif and Jason deploy the Neuston net