RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 18 August 2011

Stuart, Dan, and Chrysula waiting for the megacore

Quite a few of the samples being brought up from the deep are being preserved in ethanol for DNA analysis when we’re back on land.

Different species of sea cucumbers

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 17 August 2011

Nina, Alex, Lenka, Colette and Zan being very excited about a bucket full of deep-sea creatures

The days when we take the trawl samples seem to be a somewhat confusing mixture of sleeplessness, excitement and a lot of hard work! For me, these trawls are really the reason I’ve been out here for the last two weeks as I gather samples of abyssal fish for my PhD.

NOC to host 2013 International Workshop on Rock Physics

The National Oceanography Centre

On 12 August in Golden, Colorado, USA, Dr Angus Best of the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Geoscience Research Group made a successful bid to host the biennial Second International Workshop on Rock Physics at NOC in Southampton in May 2013.

Okeanos Explorer expedition to the Mid-Cayman Rise

Sciences watch live video from the Mid-Cayman Rise

Scientists of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been exploring the depths of the Cayman Trough without leaving Southampton, thanks to a ‘telepresence’ link from a US ship in the Caribbean.

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 14 August 2011

The box corer full of mud

The deep sea is a reservoir of unknown biodiversity, particularly among invertebrates living inside the mud with many species new to science and in many ways rivalling the discovery of new insect species in rainforests.

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 11 August 2011

The RRS James Cook leaving Cork, Ireland

An entry from Alexander Hart our Irish Foreign Vessel Observer.

It’s my responsibility to ensure that any research during JC062 that takes place in Irish waters (i.e., at Goban Spur) is done in an open way.

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 9 August 2011

OTSB (Otter Trawl Semi Balloon) deployment

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning and the entire science party is dressed in brightly coloured waterproofs, steel-capped boots, and hard hats, waiting impatiently in the hanger.

Anthropogenic impact in the deep sea: what is at risk?

Litter recovered from the deep seafloor of the west Mediterranean (Eva Ramirez-Llodra, ICM-CSIS, Barcelona)

An international study conducted during the Census of Marine Life project SYNDEEP has concluded that human activities are increasingly affecting deep-sea habitats, resulting in the potential for biodiversity loss and, with this, the loss of many goods and services provided by deep-sea ecosystems.

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 5 August 2011

The megacore being brought back on deck

Having joined the research cruise in Cork a few days ago I’ve been settling into my cabin, the new routine and the realization that I will be away at sea for the next four weeks. A bit daunting if you’re a first-timer like me, but everyone has gone out of their way to explain everything and make us welcome.

RRS James Cook cruise 062 – 4 August 2011

Deployment of Bathysnap

Today, we have finally arrived on site, which meant it was time to deploy several exciting instruments. This might sound fairly straightforward but in reality it can be quite daunting to watch thousands of pounds worth of equipment being dropped over the side of the ship and the scientists rely on the experience and finesse of the technicians and the crew.