August 23, 2006
Lat: 16° 38' N
Well tonight was the last night for oceanographic operations. It seemed almost ceremonial as we deployed both Bongo and Manta, everything going smoothly and the best samples we've had in weeks. The real highlight for this night was that I was finally able to look at some of the plankton under the stereoscope. Because their analyses back in the lab are partially quantitative, we weren't really able to "mess" with them in any way. But we felt as though we had deserved to take one sample for our own investigation. I must have spent 2 hrs that night, well after everyone else was tucked in, looking at the various bizarre creatures that make up the planktonic world. Went searching for a plankton guide, but we had none aboard.