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Working on that graveyard shift

May 23, 2013

Deepwater Canyons

There are no 9 to 5’s on the ship. With several different projects going on, work continues around the clock. Working nights is usually a requirement on research cruises like this. When work time during the day is devoted to ROV diving, which can last up to 60 hours, other analyses must be performed at night. On this leg of the cruise, night shifts have been devoted to trawling and performing CTD transects. After the ROV has been recovered the work begins. This was my experience:

12:30–2:00 AM: The otter trawl was put into the water. It was given time for the wire net to extend and towed for 30 minutes at a depth of about 300 m.

2:00–3:00 AM: The trawling net was hauled up onto the deck and the catch was brought into the science lab for sorting. An otter trawl collects samples from the water column as…

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