- Nov 19, 2002
Hi everyone! Back over the Monterey Submarine Canyon on MBARI's Western Flyer for the week. We are doing a mix of dives with the big ROV (Doc Ricketts) and a smaller ROV, trying out some new technology. I'm looking in particular for some of the more common deep-sea squid out here (Gonatus, Chiroteuthis, cranchiids) to collect samples for a project about understanding the chemistry and use of ink in deep-sea squids. We got a few nice animals today but my photographic technique is rusty so I don't have many good photos of them yet... but I did take a nice video of Taonius (cranchiids are surely one of the most extraordinary deep-sea groups in terms of appearance!). Bandwidth is limited so I will try to upload it tonight when there's less activity!