Hey Kids! Squirt here with more updates from the DEEPEND crew!
The scientists have been at sea for an entire week now but the weather has not been working in their favor. There's a video that we received from the DEEPEND team that I'd like you to see! Unfortunately I haven't been able to pull it away from our FaceBook page so if you're not following us yet, you can find it under this link; https://www.facebook.com/deependconsortium/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
In the video, you can clearly see a crew member struggling to retrieve and secure the sonar equipment. The team that we send out has to be extremely dedicated to the work they are doing. Imagine having to work while the weather is causing ten-foot waves! It's only the first week of the cruise so I sure do hope the weather settles down.
Although the weather has been difficult, our scientists have managed to sample their chosen locations (on and off) just like before.
Below you can see a Smalleye Squaretail. These fish feeds on jellyfish and salps!
The team has also spotted another Velvet Whalefish! This whalefish (below) feeds on crustaceans! This fish in particular was close to eight inches in length and was trawled between 1,000 and 1,200 meters in depth!
The team also ran into one of my cousins! Meet another deep-sea squid!
Here is a close-up of a tentacle!
That's all for now! Let's hope the weather calms down for the team!