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RRS James Cook bridge
We awoke this morning to the sight of land (Wales) in the distance. The first land we have seen since Lundy Island, mid afternoon on the 1st May. The lab equipment is being packed away and all the paper work is being completed for the end of the...
Engineering tour
We will be back in UK waters shortly so underway sampling will start again. Everyone else is starting to pack up their equipment and looking forward to all the analysis of the frozen filters and samples when they get back to NOC. This morning I...
Denise Smythe-Wright
Today has been a quiet day in that everyone has been bent over their laptops securing their data, and log sheets and writing their sections of the cruise reports. All except the underway samplers who have continued to sample until we left...
Jacco and Greg's FRRF
Today was programmed to be the last on site, so there was lots to be packed in. The last Megacore was completed over night, and the PELAGRAs floats were recovered after 48 hours deployed. This morning there was a deep CTD and the plan was for a...
Trap A samples
Time out here is precious so the nights are busy too. Corinne deployed a new zooplankton net overnight; the last one got ripped as it was hauled back on board and the Mega Corer was deployed again. Henry, Brian, Sara and Kerstin have worked...
Bathysnap deployment
The schedule was changed this morning so that PAP3 could be redeployed. The deck crew will need all the available space for the PAP1 deployment which will now be just after mid-day. The redeployment went smoothly and PAP3 is now firmly in place....
SAP (Submersible Autonomous Pump) on deck
Saturday was so busy I forgot to write a blog entry! On Friday evening the Amphipod trap was recovered. There was a good haul of the carrion eaters. which are generally quite small (up to 5cm) in this area. The trap was redeployed on Saturday to...
Sensors strapped to CTD
Today has been a long consolidation day. Late last night an amphipod trap was deployed, ant that will be recovered later this evening so I will get some pictures then maybe. Two of the PELAGRA traps which were deployed at mid-night on Wednesday...
Megacorer recovery
So far we have had remarkably benevolent weather and yesterday I caught the sun a little as I was on deck filming most of the day, so today I started by putting sun screen on! It has been needed too as I have spent a good deal of today on deck...
Launching a PELAGRA buoy
After the actual recovery of the mooring buoy and then the sensor frame, the long job of recovering the 4km of rope began and didn't finish until late in the evening. It was not until 22:30 that three PELAGRA buoys could be deployed on a trial...

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