Today was another long day, although not really for me (today my stumble from breakfast to lunch to dinner was interrupted by little more than the task of organizing and uploading pictures from the last few days, although I did feed the midges this evening while helping Richard prepare the sediment traps). A small core of us spent the day carting mesocosm bags out to the raft, filling and flushing the bags one at a time and attaching them to the framework. Herwig, Thomas, and Mia, our crack mesocosm building team from Munich, finished the first four bags before lunch, with some moral support from Juli who swam out to learn the ropes, and from Richard and Morgane who rowed out in the RRS Queen Mary III. After lunch, Briva and Morgane joined the crack mesocosm building team out on the raft and worked until after dinner. So now the first 13 mesocosms have been deployed and had nutrients added to them and my ego is smarting mildly, having been accused of being "one of those people who takes warm showers" for thinking that we need to have a control.
And now, the day in pictures (but, alas, there are not really pictures of the mesocosm bag filling, as I was stuck on shore).
Aug 2 2012q Morgane braved the first ride to see if the thing could actually float.
Aug 2 2012r A few strokes out and Richard realizes that there is something wrong here.... The boat is going backwards.
Aug 2 2012t Amazingly, the front heavy boat did not capsize. It was good that Morgane is a featherweight.