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08/12/02

Date: 08/12/02
Time: 3:16 AM
Latitude/Longitude: 34°, 17 minutes N
75°, 47 minutes W
Ocean Depth: 447.2 m (1,466.8 feet)
Depth of Equipment: 1 m (3.28 feet—surface reading)
Water Temperature at Equipment Depth: Unavailable
Wind Speed and Direction: 12 knots, W
Seas: Calm with a 2-foot swell

Equipment Used: Neuston Net with glow sticks attached

Estimated Catch: Five strands of algae, pompano dolphin, and lantern fish

Description of Catch: None provided

Other Observations: We attached glow sticks to attract fishes to the net. It was neat to see the lights streaming underwater. The pompano dolphin was a new find for us.


Date: 08/12/02
Time: 8:10 AM
Latitude/Longitude: 34°, 18 minutes N
75°, 47 minutes W
Ocean Depth: 417.7 m (1,370 feet)
Depth of Equipment: 417.7 m (1,370 feet)
Water Temperature at Equipment Depth: 9 degrees Celsius
Wind Speed and Direction: 6 knots, N
Seas: Calm


Equipment Used: Submersible

Estimated Catch: Coral, sponges, and crabs

Description of Catch: None provided

Other Observations: We found a new species of coral that was bright orange. (We think it is new, at any rate!) We were also able to put a small boat over the side to film the recovery of the sub from the water. It was exciting to see the sub surface and watch the swimmer dive off the boat to attach the sub to the line.


Date: 08/12/02
Time: 4:04 PM
Latitude/Longitude: 34°, 19 minutes N
75°, 47 minutes W
Ocean Depth: 400.3 m (1,313 feet)
Depth of Equipment: 304.9 m (1,000 feet)
Water Temperature at Equipment Depth: 9 degrees Celsius
Wind Speed and Direction: 2 knots, NE
Seas: 1- to 3-foot seas


Equipment Used: Submersible

Estimated Catch: None

Description of Catch: Not applicable

Other Observations: The current was too strong to do any work. The dive ended after one hour and 30 minutes.