August 17, 2007
Latitude: 38° 21.69' N
Greetings! Awoke this morning for a 0345 cast - very early and raining. We saw some lightning off in the distance and proceeded with our bongo tow. In the Bongo Tow we found over 1 liter of ctenophores - (pronounced teen-o-fores). Ctenophores are commonly known as comb jellies and measure 2-3 cm across. They are clear in color with lines - like combs running through them. We rinsed them out of the net and collected a few for viewing. Today, we collected plankton at three different stations and did a water cast as well. It was relatively quiet, and I got a chance to work on my podcast and interview Chief Scientist - Jerry Prezioso. Jerry, easy going and humorous attended Northeastern University, and while attending, was an intern, studying plankton. His mentor Ken Sherman, fueled Jerry's interest in plankton. He really enjoys his job, especially because of the variability of it. It is never the same. He enjoys new challenges everyday, with one of the major challenges being working with different people all the time. If you are interested in a career in marine science, he suggests getting an internship in the field you would like to study.