Today’s song: Riders on the storm, The Doors

JCR_200_33_catching the swarm JCR_200_40_myworkshopisnormallyquitetidySince yesterday the main transect has been done and finished with and we are setting forth again. Now it’s towards the Polar Front. The Polar Front is the boundary between the Cold Southern Ocean and the warmer subantarctic waters. Like other areas in seas were two different water bodies collide this forms a productive and diverse area. Copepods can be found in many forms and shapes and high numbers. Feeding on these copepods is an array of mesopelagic fish such as myctophids. It is also interesting that a lot of the enigmatic wildlife such as penguins and seals will often forage in this area, despite the distance they have to travel. At the Polar front we hope to do plenty of fishing in order to investigate the diversity of these fish and their role in the ecosystem. However, going there is not without trouble. So far the weather has been quite good, grey and dull at occasion but not to rough. As we’re approaching the Polar Front we’re faced with the roughest weather so far. So we have some rest, although this is relative since we often have to hang on to our stuff or inform people that their work area has been transformed from a tidy electricity workshop to, well euh a mess.

A special bonus for this occasion: an English nursery rhyme
Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!