Field work season is heating up, figuratively and literally. Before I start another series of posts on updates from the water, here’s a quick recap with accompanying photos of a little project I’ve been involved with for the past couple months (and/or year). Readers who’ve been around for a while may recall that last year I spent a couple weeks at the Carteret Community College aquaculture facility with some captive spiny dogfish with the goal of figuring out just how fast they can digest their food. A solid explanation for why I would do this can be found here. After working up the analysis from the previous year, my advisor and I decided to do a second round of captive feeding trials to gather more data, especially in the longer trials, and hopefully get a better-fitting set of models. And of course I quickly got attached to my study subjects. Below the jump are more photographic attempts to show how charismatic spiny dogfish can be.
Many thanks to NC Sea Grant, who were kind enough to help support another couple weeks of feeding dogfish.