Cathedral sponge with pencil urchins
Sponge grounds of the Faroe-Shetland Channel
Sponges, red banded fish and sea cucumber on boulder
We conducted multibeam sounding over the area of interest to try and get a feel for the extent of horse mussels in the area, followed by some grab sampling work so we could assess the biodiversity associated with the beds. Unfortunately, our grab samples were a bit hit and miss but we still got some interesting stuff such as many different types of worms and clams.
Suited and booted ready for grab work
Hamon grab sampling at Noss Head
After a brief period of calibrating our multibeaming equipment in the Moray Firth on the way back home we finally arrived back into Aberdeen at 19:30 hours on 8th November 2012, weary but satisfied with the achievements we’ve made on the cruise.