Fairly sparse on the larval fish today — so no new pictures of fish to send out, but there were two great ones of other zooplankton from the Bandon line that I didn’t post earlier. Here they are:
Beautiful Mertensiid ctenophore with a display of tentacles (shown).
Parasitic amphipod within a pelagic tunicate. These guys were the inspiration for the movie Aliens!
Bob and I are getting off tomorrow morning via the small boat transfer, and we will certainly miss being on the Shimada. Everyone — the captain and the entire crew — have been really fantastic. Totally accommodating with all of our needs, and really going above and beyond in certain cases (for example, the engineering team helped us fix a broken piston rod that controlled the wings and also fabricate a new side panel that fell off of ISIIS during deployment!)
It’s also been really fun to also have people stop by, ask questions, and watch ISIIS images fly by during deployment. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what this instrument does, and why the data are so unique and interesting — so it’s been really awesome to share our experiences with other people as the data are flying in, in real time, 17 and 100 frames a second, as we explore the mysteries of planktonic realm.
Signing off for now,
Jessica, for the ISIIS team