Deployment of the Reeve net over the stern of the boat. From left to right: Katie Wurtzell, Nancy Copley, Alex Bergan, our resident science technician Rob , Leo Bercial, Amy Maas and our bosun Clindor. The bucket that Leo and I are bending over is the cod end where all the animals we captured are waiting to be examined. Photo: P. Wiebe
Last night we put a Reeve net into the water. This net has a big bucket attached to the end (called the cod end) which helps us to delicately collect plankton from the ocean. During the night time many zooplankton can be found in the surface waters, so we put the net down after sunset for about half an hour and came back with a bucket full of critters. Already, between test station 1 and 2, we have found 9 different species of shelled pteropod – giving us lots of species to work with!