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08/11/02

Date: 08/11/02
Time: 8:04 AM
Latitude/Longitude: 34°, 19 minutes N
75°, 47 minutes W
Ocean Depth: 447.25 m (1,467 feet)
Depth of Equipment: 447.25 m (1,467 feet)
Water Temperature at Equipment Depth: 6.38 degrees Celsius
Wind Speed and Direction: 10 knots, NW
Seas: 2- to 3-foot seas


Equipment Used: Submersible

Estimated Catch: Three large chunks of coral, brittle stars, sea urchins

Description of catch: The researchers saw very few fish, but lots of healthy coral. They also saw an octopus and a conger eel.

Other Observations: The wait in the sub as the ship came to pick up the researchers was described as being inside a big washing machine.


Date: 08/11/02
Time: 1:10 PM
Latitude/Longitude: 34°, 19 minutes N
75°, 47 minutes W
Ocean Depth: 408 m (1,338.2 feet)
Depth of Equipment: 408 m (1,338.2 feet)
Water Temperature at Equipment Depth: Unavailable
Wind Speed and Direction: 7.7 knots, N
Seas: Calm 1- to 2-foot seas


Equipment Used: Benthic sled

Estimated Catch: Seven gallons of dead coral rubble

Description of catch: This is the kind of rubble that is seen on the bottom in the sub. It was interesting to find little hermit crabs, brittle stars, and urchins living in the rubble.

Other Observations: This was a great opportunity to photograph "the bottom of the ocean" without being underwater!