This trip truly flew by, and today especially. We finished three trawls by 11:00am (go team!), despite being again flooded with fish. We did have a very exciting first trawl with the catch of a three foot long California torpedo ray. Charged with electricity, these guys have the capacity to knock a man unconscious. Not many new fish species were caught, but we did have a huge abundance of lizard fish, yellow-chin sculpins, and pipefish on the last trawl. New inverts included HUGE short spine sea stars, decorator crabs, pregnant slender crabs (get those guys some Preggie Pops!) and a sea mouse polychaete. We’re currently all just lounging around, waiting to get back to port so we can give the Yellowfin the deep clean it deserves.
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-Morgan Winston '14, Adrienne Mikovari '14, and Ryan Stokes '14