|A large ship (Photo Neil Golding, JNCC)|
|The Bassurelle Triangle!|
|Camera Sled (Photo Joey O'Connor, JNCC)|
We've also taken a lot of sediment samples with the Hamon grab (the day shift completed 3 fully processed samples in three locations during one particularily productive 30 minute spell yesterday afternoon). Samples have contained mainly fine sand with shells, but there have been some fish (sandeels and a weaver fish), small crabs, razor shells, sea urchins, a variety of worms and a boring bivalve (the name is because they bore into soft rock).
|Boring Bivalve, possibly from Pholadidae family) (Photo Neil Golding, JNCC)|
Above the water, we have been joined by a large flock of seabirds. These tenacious birds have followed us day and night since we arrived here a few days ago. Though it is nice to believe that the seabirds are with us because we're good company, a cynic might argue that our ships' size, slow speed and habit of deploying and hauling in gear have resulted in the birds mistaking us for a trawler, and that they're hoping for a free dinner! We have yet to ascertain whether the birds are English or French....
|Tenacious seabirds of ambiguous origin (Photo Neil Golding, JNCC)|