So the last couple of months, I have been watching a lot of videos. I have 17 drops of 12 hours, that is over 200 hours of video. I only have 24 more hours to go.
I loved being outside and in the field, but now I have to spend the time to take that data and make sense of it all. Here are some cool shots of organisms that I saw on the screen.
This is a rattail fish; the scientific name is Coryphaenoides sp. This is the first time seen in the Bahamas. They live between 200-6,000 meters deep in the ocean! That little beard like thing on his head is a barbel. It can tell the fish what kind of chemicals are surrounding him.
This is a Bluntnose Sixgill is the scientific name is Hexanchus griseus. They can live up to 2500 meters deep, and 22-108 pups! Some individuals can get up to 4.5 meters (over 15 ft) in length. Their teeth are sawlike so they can eat specimens like dead whales that drift to the bottom of the seafloor.
This guy is false catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon. The live in 500-1400 meters deep and reach a length of 9.8 ft. They have a really oil liver that allows them to be neutrally buoyant.
This guy is so cool! It is a Humbolt Squid, Dosidicus gigas. They live in shoals up to 1,200 meters and swim up to 15 mph.
It is fun to watch the video and see what shows up!!!