Some days its tough….
Today we had planned to film and retrieve a whale bone carcass from the sea floor. Originally the bones came from a whale that had died and been washed up on the beach. So deploying it back in the ocean is like a burial at sea, a fitting end for such an amazing animal. The whale bone was deployed 2 years ago and has been waiting on the sea floor for us to return. Whale bones attract a whole array of life and it was hoped we could film and sample the life attracted to the bone. However, nothing ever goes to plan, and although we originally found the whale bone, when we returned to retrieve it we just could not find it even after a total of 7 hours searching. Not a good day for Jess, Alan (back in Aberdeen) and Helena. Sorry guys.
Pretty tough too having your birthday on board away from your family and loved ones, however, much whispering and organising behind the scenes produced a fantastic cake and signed tea shirt for Grant – Happy birthday Grant :o) Now then I have been told to talk about the cake, only a bunch of biologist could create a cake iced with two amphipods, a sea urchin, an enterproneust acorn worm trail and a polchaete! Fantastic creativity and amazingly, anatomically correct.