Yesterday was a long day (hence this slightly delayed post). Altogether, a bunch of us (alas, not me; there were too many other volunteers) learned from Herwig how to fill mesocosm bags and then spent the morning and afternoon out on the raft filling the 12 bags for NOC. Now we have 25 mesocosms dangling out there, looking something like this:
But the morning started (for me, at least) with a brief walk before breakfast. If walk the five minutes back to the inlet to the ocean, there are three different ways you can go. You can walk along the road below the field station (apparently this road goes for about a kilometer (slightly more than half a mile) and terminates at a ferry). Or you can go back in the direction of Trondheim (the way we came). Or you can take the third option. This third option was what I chose. And this was the first sight that greeted me:
After breakfast, all the work began, as mentioned earlier. The final 12 mesocosm bags had to be deployed and there were lots of little fiddly things to do in terms of setting things up for sampling and for the onsite analyses of samples.
copepods, ctenophores, and appendicularians, mainly) from half of our mesocosms.
We stayed out there until nearly 11:30 that night; there were A LOT of mesozooplankton in the bags (so many evil, voracious comb jellies). Also we had to add nutrients to all the bags (Morgane and Briva did half the bags and Richard and I did the other half). Also Richard and Sari came out to hang their first 7 sediment traps just to see what kind of material flux we might get once we start the experiment.
But this is where the photos end for today. It was too hard to keep pulling the camera in and out of a zippered pocked that was sitting under a life vest when my hands were soaking wet and cold.