Last night I took my new handy dandy cast net out for a whirl on the docks... caught a few shrimp and sea nettles---that biolumeneced when touched!!
Today we headed out on the R/V Verril to do some standard Marine Bio collecting. We took some samples of the benthic and pelagic fauna, some sea-floor samples, and netted a hella-lot of plankton. Highlights from our sampling (for me, at least) were an electric ray, and dozens of Mantis Shrimp. I really have a thing for mantis shrimps, ya see... One day.. I'll keep a couple!!
It was loads of fun. I enjoyed getting out and doing some for-real sampling. It would have been much better had the class size been 5 instead of 20, but I can deal with it.
There's just too many details that I'd have to explain to make this a really good blog post.. but I'm going to let you guys down and make you have to talk to me some time :D
Don't bother calling.. I don't get cell-phone service :S
I'll take the nets and seines out this weekend and let you know what I get. Damn, I really need a digital camera!