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Q: As a former member of these cruises, currently landlocked this summer due to maternity leave, I am very curious as to what type of ice cream has been stocked in the galley this year. And does it occupy an entire freezer again?

Liz likes what's for dinner!A: Many people are curious about what we eat when we are at sea. Luckily this ship is well stocked and the food is prepared extremely well by chef Judy. A typical day might include French toast with bacon and sausage for breakfast, hot cheese and steak subs with tossed salad and pasta salad for lunch, and sole stuffed with crab meat and salad, steamed broccoli and roasted new potatoes for dinner. Judy is always certain to include vegetarian options and makes sure that a plate is prepared for you if you will be eating late (after the sub returns, for example).

ship's galley or kitchen/dining roomOf course the snacks and treats available to us in the galley (the ship's kitchen and dinning room) are what keep us going during the long twelve hour days, and ice cream is a perennial favorite. Much to our delight there continues to be a wide assortment of ice cream for our enjoyment, including the famous "Blue Bunny" treats, Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Creamsicles, and frozen yogurt.



Q: On a more scientific note, how do the numbers and types of fishes you are collecting this year compare to previous years?

brittle starfishA: This year we have collected an amazing variety of invertebrates, but not nearly the number and variety of fishes as previous years. Of course we are involved in some new coral studies looking at coral aging and DNA so we have been very intentional about getting samples of coral. With those samples we find many crabs, anemones, starfish, shrimp, and mollusks.

We have collected a few fish which have been tested and photographed before being preserved for additional work back in the lab. Our videotapes are capturing some terrific images of fish and we will use these videos to help document the fish species in the area.

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