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Notes from the Field

NAAMES-III Expedition: September 22, 2017

September 27th, 2017 by Kristina Mojica

Beasties from the Black

Now one thing that’s great about being part of a multi-disciplinary research cruise with a large number of scientists and their wide ranging studies is that you sometimes get to indulge in your own interests. By way of example during the 3 NAAMES cruises so far I have been able to insinuate myself into some of the work that the Peter Gaube’s Gaube lab (HTTP:// APL-UW) have been doing onboard. Along with their extensive Eddy feature surveys that include the deployment of Echosounders, ADCP’s and Ctd’s, they also deploy a large sampling Net Trawl. This net gets deployed down to depths of 400-500m and targets layers of migrating organisms and their predators. Over the last three cruises I have been there for every net recovery and basically jump around like a kid in a candy store waiting to see what comes up from those dark depths. I am continually amazed by what we see from each sample. The variety of these Mesopelagic marvels, figuring out what they are and being able to Photograph them is a great part of the cruise for me. I am forever learning new things about their ways of adapting to that part of the ocean that even we, as sea-going researchers seldom see. I hope that the pictures that I take do have some value other than to just myself and at least show a snap-shot of life that deserves our attention as much as the megafauna out there. The following images were taken during our most recent NAAMES3 cruise and are a brief sample of some of the Beasties from the Black that we encountered. Enjoy and feel free to comment on any images.

Sargassum swimming crab, STA2

Hatchet Fish, STA1,2 & 6

Crustaceans and Arthropods

Snails, Sea Angels and Nematodes



Viperfish and Dragonfish

Snipe Eel

Glass Squid – Planktoteuthus

Black Dragonfish

And finally a big thank you to the crew of the R/V Atlantis! See you again soon!!!

Written by Stuart Halewood (UCSB, ERI Group)

2 Responses to “NAAMES-III Expedition: September 22, 2017”

  1. Janey Dustin says:

    Wow, incredible pictures! Thanks for the picture with your hand under the petri dish. Was trying to figure out the size of these creatures.

  2. Deb Larsen says:

    These undersea creatures are amazing! Thank you for sharing them.