Two posts in one day! Enjoy while it lasts, I may never manage this again.
Today the Bigelow made it past Cape Hatteras to do a little southern sampling. I’d hoped to get some spiny dogfish diet data from south of the Cape but it appears that at least this far offshore the spiny dogfish switch is set to “off.” This is very interesting given that my own major professor and several of his students have done quite a bit of work on spiny dogfish south of Cape Hatteras. At least as far as this cruise is concerned, the spinies have been replaced with smooth dogfish.
That said, I managed to get nearly a hundred successful lavages in before crossing south of Hatteras. The entire fish community really does shift here, and this was exemplified by this first tow in the area, which brought up something completely different…
Did you hug the Sand Tiger?
Chuck I just found your passport have fun getting back across the border. Would you say that your tip is "just like" or "almost like" the Beach Boys song "Sloop John B"?
The Sloop John B didn't have awesome sharks. That said, I definitely thought of that song when I was seasick at the beginning of the trip.