September 22, 2009
Well, today is a BIG birthday for me and it was work as usual aboard the Bigelow. Many of our catches today were full of spiny dogfish. Spiny dogfish are small sharks (about 1 meter long) that tend to school in same sex group. That would make sense since each tow had a majority of either male or female sharks.
We also caught our first seahorse. This one sample is about 4 cm in length. It is a pretty rare catch for a trawler. It is also a sensitive species so the scientists attempted to keep it alive and release it after collecting its data.
And finally, at the end of a long 12-hour shift, the galley staff made a nice birthday cake and everyone on the ship came to wish me a Happy Birthday. Thanks Bigelow staff and crew!