Hopefully this doesn't jinx me, but... chances are good that I'll be seeing some live deep-sea cephs fairly soon! I've been invited to join a MBARI research cruise on the Western Flyer, 22-28 March, which will be operating ROVs and other cool gadgets. The expedition is headed up by Bruce Robison and will also involve Henk-Jan Hoving, a current post-doc at MBARI (who has posted here on occasion), who has published fairly extensively on deep-sea cephs, especially reproduction; Stephanie Bush (of Octopoteuthis behavior ethogram fame, among others); and some folks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I only just found out about this so it's been a small scramble to get it sorted, but plane tickets were issued today so it looks like it's for real. Not sure what the comms situation will be on board, but I'll try to post info here as promptly as possible. Watch this space! Update: This cruise is part of the Midwater Ecology series and the official trip blog is here.