But first, a recap of the last few days...
I mentioned we had four stations in the span of 30 hours... rather intense schedule, but out here, you learn to sleep when you can (granted, others resort to large volumes of coffee).
At the last two stations, the coring team encountered nothing but sand (no mud u__u) However, we did find some critters in the sand.
At one station, after the multicorer was brought back on board, I noticed something white moving inside one of the tubes. On closer inspection, I found it was a sea snail! He did a few laps around the inside of the core tube before burrowing back in the sand and hiding. We snapped a few photos (on a different camera, unfortunately) before releasing him back into the blue yonder.
At our last station, I noticed another moving object in the core tube, and this time it was a little sand crab. He didn't seem to be very excited about being removed from his normal realm, so he was returned too.
After we finished all the casts for plankton, coring, and water collection, we had a different operation, which was dredging the bottom in search of sea sponges. One of our Brazilian collaborators has an interest in them, but had to wait until the end of the cruise to try to find them.
Lifting up the dredge
In the middle of recovery
Emptying the dredge net
Application of the mud facial...
Mo giving Nick advice on painting his nails.
Jake decided to get a second tat in addition to his 'ocean' themed one ;)
Tomorrow's another day of cleanup and packing... with the day after being all crossing stuff... should be exciting... and kind of scary...