'Expedition' 2004

Steve O'Shea

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Well, have just returned, am rather exhausted, had positively horrendous weather (think of rain blowing UP HILL, and heading into a 5m swell, with wind chop, with reef breaking on both sides of the boat within 4 or 5 metres of your path); it prevented us from going anywhere near where I'd wanted to go, in fact the opposite end of the country ... but such is life.

I've just included a couple of pics of what we got up to, when the weather allowed us to get out, and when I could find shelter from rain and wind. The 'cuppa tea' (we colonials like our cuppa) balanced on the side of the boat was indeed of rare occurrence.

Long story short, no suspense, we didn't get the larval Architeuthis ... but this should come as no surprise being ~ 1000km from where I would expect them to be (where they were experiencing 11 metre swells, winds to 186km/hr ......). Mustn't worry about such things; there's always tomorrow, and we'll be out and about over the next few days trying again.

I'll describe what went on in more detail soon; have a lecture to prepare right now ... and am .... as per usual .... behind.





 

Steve O'Shea

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.... a few more

The goop is the product of a 10-15 minute plankton tow (using the fine-meshed nets); both nets and light traps were deployed; masses of plankton were collected - tremendously variable in composition over short spatial and temporal scales.

In the pics you see Peter Conway (Masters student at AUT) and David Grann (New Yorker reporter).

A typical night started at 7pm and finished at 9am the following day. Need some :sleeping:





 

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Sorry the trips were so unproductive :( .......................if it's any consolation no-one down here is getting anything they want either due to the weather!

I see you're giving some public lectures for seaweek (a national marine awareness week run by the dept of conservation and others) good luck for those!



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It's nice to have you back home, undrowned.
 

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hell's bells ! Looks cold and unfriendly!
some sleep and some :beer: pints sound better than tea!

Great photos...thank you for sharing so much...good luck at the lecture(s)
Greg

p.s. can't you lure in the squidlings using N. Diamond music? I have heard that the Humbolt's will attack instantly if they hear it ! Of course, they are more used to Mexican polka music...
Greg
 

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Attack? They are entranced. They simply seek to possess the source of their delight.

:roll:

You are absolutely right about the :beer:, though.
 

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Sorry you didn't manage to go out as planned ( Not too much of a suprise since you were in a rainforest :roll: )
 



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