Talking to a friend down here, he said “days and months can drag by like they are never going to end but weeks always fly by.” That was sure this week. We collected a few samples on Monday but the most memorable part of the dive was that we were mirrored by a seal the whole time. He didn’t feel like getting his photo taken as is clear from this grainy shot below:
But the main task for the week was breaking down one of the big time points of our experiment. The cores have started to take on their mind of their own and integrate the food we have given them.
The processing involves getting a bunch of sample vials and bags labeled and then sub coring the mud with a series of syringes that we have cut the tops off. On Tuesday and Thursday we processed a total of 24 cores, which made up four replicates and each of our six treatments. One of those subcores gets sorted live under a scope and that is how I have spent my waking hours since Tuesday. Here are some of the things I have been looking at: