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Jellyfish in the Bering Sea 2018 Journals
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Jellyfish in the Bering Sea 2018
5 July 2018 Meeting the Locals
Our last day in Unalaska was devoted to outreach and meeting the locals to tell them about our research and the area around them called Margaret’s Bay. We had a radio interview planned with KUCB to…
10 July 2018 Eagles and Crab pots!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of the Deadliest Catch. One thing you see in the TV show whenever they are in Dutch Harbor are the eagles. I kind of thought it was staged but no, they are…
4 July 2018 Happy 4th July!
Fireworks are hard in the summer in Alaska because of the long daylight hours. The fireworks in Dutch Harbor were actually at midnight at the beginning of July 4th for this very reason and it still…
3 July 2018 Best Laid Plans…
Today is our last day at sea. The wind has picked up over night and I awoke to the sounds of doors opening and closing and drawers slamming back and forth. As I woke I realized that I was moving…
2 July 2018 Question and Answer Time!
Before I left, my students wrote questions for me to answer on my trip. Here are some of the answers Flag made by one of my students. From Brian: Q: What is the “Puffy stuff” inside the Jellyfish…
1 July 2018 Science Rules!
We are now two days into collecting our data and I thought that I would spend some time explaining why we are here. Our testing site is along the northern coast of Unimak Island, Eastern Aleutians…
30 June 2018 Jellies!
Part of our collection of data includes specimens from the net trawls. We are looking primarily for jelly species but we come across many other critters too. After the trawl, we sort the sample to…
29 June 2018 We have arrived!
We arrived at station 1 at approximately 1am Alaskan time. This station is slightly unusual as it is deep and just located off the shelf. The area itself is known as the slime bank. The majority of…
28 June 2018 Hitching a Ride…
Black legged Kittiwakes hitching a ride. Today the sky turned grey and the sea looks dark and cold. The water is getting deeper in depth as we head towards our testing site. We still have another…
27 June 2018 The Sikuliaq
While we are traveling to our research site, a journey that is taking two and a half days, we have some down time. In my case, time to explore the boat. The Sikuliaq in the dock at Nome, Alaska.…
26 June 2018 Safety First!
This morning consisted of being safe on board. Our first task was to unpack all our equipment that had either been brought with us, delivered by air cargo or picked up by the ship in Dutch Harbor or…
25 June 2018 On The Radio…
Today we spent organizing our equipment and collecting it from Alaska air cargo and then transferring it all to the ship. We were allowed to sleep on the ship tonight so we could depart when ready on…