August 8, 2006
Lat: 9° 14.4' N
Tonight was a little out of the ordinary in a few ways. What we have for color out here - hundreds of miles from land - is every shade of blue and grey you can imagine. Tonight, at dusk, in the eastern sky, a glimpse of a rainbow in all it's resplendent color provided a feast for these starving eyes, and billowing white clouds created great castles in the sky. The imagination is free to run wild out here!
Though we've seen large #'s of 5 or more species of flying fish, our luck at stopping on a patch for the evening dipnetting has not been good. But tonight was our first station in the North Equatorial Countercurrent and the presence of 4 species of fliers and the first sighting/capture of the short-winged flying fish (Oxyporhamphus), may be indicative of increasing productivity in this area.