EARLIER POSTS BY CAPTAIN CHARLIE
12/14/2016 We have successfully arrived at the South Pacific Gyre and are manta trawling in beautiful blue water. This will be my last post until we reach Easter Island. Internet is shutting down. Peace out.
11/24/2016 Great crowd for my talk at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in the Galapagos. For the first time, I did back to back presentations in Spanish and then in English, two hours straight. Thankful that it's over and the professor that organized the event invited the entire crew over to his home for dinner.
11/20/16. Captain Mike de Felice drew a great depiction of ORV Algluita today that I have to share. We have left the confused seas and winds that occur north of the Equator and we are sailing to gentle, southwest trades toward our landfall on San Cristobal --- Port of Entry to The Galapagos Islands, also known as the Archipelago de Colon. Raquelle is busy blogging on her laptop, set on the winch table after we sucked out the last drops of fuel from our deck drums. In only two more days, we will complete the first leg of our 7 month voyage to sample the other Great Pacific Garbage Patch southwest of Easter Island.
11/21/16 Myctophids, commonly known as Lantern fish, are the most abundant fish in the ocean and the object of our study. Why? Because they have been shown to consume vast amounts of plastic. Feeding on the surface at night, they frequently mistake floating bits of plastic for zooplankton, their natural prey. We want to compare the rate of plastic ingestion in the South Pacific Gyre to what we found in its northern counterpart. (35%).
11/15/2016 Don't let your Crocs sail away to the deep ocean, they might step on a trigger fish! We netted the footwear and fish together 900 miles from the Galapagos. A trigger fish was napping on the heel, taking Sun as this species often does, using different types of marine debris.
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