Tuesday, 7 May 2013

End of survey..finito!

A bright start. The CEFAS Endeavour leaving Lowestoft harbour, April 18th 2013.

The sun is still shining as we steam back to port. We have now successfully completed the survey and even managed to collect some extra multibeam data at Mid St George’s Channel. We are currently checking through the data, organising samples, and clearing the labs so that the Endeavour will be ready for the next leg of her cruise. We are meeting our replacements, Penny Wilson and Alice Cornthwaite, in Swansea later this evening for a beer and handover.

In the past weeks, our Scientist in Charge organised a macrophotography quiz (more on the Cefas survey blog) and an underwater photography (and caption) contest, to keep alive the traditional competition between the night and day shifts. The night shift won both competitions and the day shift was awarded for the best underwater image (the Luidia ciliaris photo previously posted in the this blog).
This morning, whilst sailing past Pembrokeshire, a couple of common dolphins came to play at the bow of the Endeavour and this time we managed to get a quick shot of one of them. We included it below in a selection of photos, which we hope will give you a flavour of the life on survey.


We would like to thank the Captain, the Cook and the crew, our "luvly" SIC, Dr Paul Whomersly, and all the Cefas scientists on board for making this a successful survey and also a very enjoyable time at sea.