We are now at our first station! We have traveled for roughly 24 hrs and are positioned to begin work on the Middleton Island line. They call it a line because the stations run perpendicular to the shore and exist as a line. This line was chosen because the Pacific current splits, one part heads north to the Gulf and the other part heads south towards Canada and the west coast of the United States.
The picture is of the Methot Net. It is used to sample organisms in the surface layer of the ocean. The net is towed along side the boat for 20 minutes at around two knots.(about 1.2 mph). Since we have traveled beyond the continental shelf, an area of the ocean where there isn’t an abundance of nutrients, it is expected that there wouldn’t be a lot of life in the nets... But, in science, expect the unexpected!!
This cast resulted in a good amount of jellies. Every jelly has to be identified as to specie, quantity and size - both mass and diameter. All of this is then entered into a data base that gives the scientist a way of assessing the populations of organisms.