Andy Myers and Connie Merigo
We've now been in
Testing out the new turtle ramp on the R/V Marguerite
One noticeable difference from last year is the lack of large jellyfish. We saw small jellies on our first trip out (moon jellies, ctenophores, salps) but we are not seeing the abundance of cannonball jellies and sea nettles that we found in our 2007 leatherback turtle hot spots. Our colleagues who fly these same waters looking for right whales confirm a dearth leatherbacks in the area and our team decided to stand down until leatherback sightings picked up and weather improved. Stay tuned for our Week 2 report!
Brian Sharp, Andy Myers, Mark Dodd and James Casey working on turtle capture net
- Kara Dodge, PhD student, Large Pelagics Research Lab
- Photo credits: Andy Myers and Connie Merigo