Daily Photos

29th November

Going down the hatch on our tour of the engine rooms...Happy Birthday Laura!

Going down the hatch on our tour of the engine rooms… Happy Birthday Laura!

One of RRS James Cook's propellers, seen during a tour of the engine rooms

One of RRS James Cook’s propellers!

Enjoying the view during the engine room tour

Enjoying the view of the propeller.

28th November

The sun sets on our last full day at sea. Photo by Kais

The sun sets on our last full day at sea.
Photo by: Kais

The sun sets on our last full day at sea. Photo by Kais

Photo by: Kais

27th November

Glorious mud!

Glorious mud!

26th November

Isis is back on deck after her final mission on our cruise. Photo by Steph

Isis is back on deck after her final mission for our cruise.
Photo by: Steph

24th & 25th November

Isis is deployed for her penultimate dive of the cruise.

Isis is deployed for her penultimate dive of the cruise.

23rd November

Mapping the seafloor using Isis. Photo by Shannon

Mapping the seafloor using Isis.
Photo by: Shannon

22nd November

Photo by: Michelle

Photo by: Michelle

On the bridge Photo by: Vanessa

On the bridge – experiencing ship navigation and control.
Photo by: Vanessa

21st November

Everyday scene in the deck lab - packed with fossil corals brought up from the ISIS dives. Photo by: Hong Chin

Everyday scene in the deck lab – packed with corals and miscellaneous brought up from the ISIS dives.
Photo by: Hong Chin

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20th November

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Surprise find: Huge fossil shark teeth!
Photo by: Jesse

19th November

Brittle star haven Photo by: ISIS

Brittle star haven
Photo by: ISIS

Near the top of Vayda seamount. Photo by: ISIS

Shark encounter! – Near the top of Vayda seamount.
Photo by: ISIS

Miniature of ISIS dive

Miniature of ISIS dive

17th and 18th November

Yacht in sight. Photo by: Michelle

Yacht in sight.
Photo by: Michelle

In the land of sponge First dive at Vayda seamount. Photo by: ISIS

In the land of sponge
First dive at Vayda seamount.
Photo by: ISIS

16th November

Happy Birthday Kais!

Happy Birthday Kais!

14th and 15th November

Photo by: Michelle

Photo by: Michelle

12th and 13th November

Solitary lives among the abyssal rocky masses. Photo by: ISIS

Solitary lives among the abyssal rocky masses.
Photo by: ISIS

11th November

Dredge deployed to catch some coral. Photo by: Michelle

Dredge deployed to catch some coral.
Photo by: Michelle

Polystyrene cup that had travelled 5km deep below sea surface - at Vema fracture zone. They are totally squeeezed by the pressure. Photo by: Veerle

Polystyrene cup that had travelled 5km deep below sea surface – at Vema fracture zone. They are totally squeeezed by the pressure.
Photo by: Veerle

Happy Birthday Maricel! Photo by: Shannon

Happy Birthday Maricel!
Photo by: Shannon

9th and 10th November

The cutest core section we have ever had! Photo by: Jesse

The cutest core section we have ever had!
Photo by: Jesse

Photo by: Jesse

Photo by: Jesse

 

A 5km deep core - at Vema fracture zone. Photo by: Maricel

A 5km deep core – at Vema fracture zone.
Photo by: Maricel

7th and 8th November

Coral Garden Photo by: ISIS

Coral Garden
Photo by: ISIS

A long long bamboo coral Photo by: ISIS

A long long bamboo coral
Photo by: ISIS

First ROV dive in VEMA - the very middle of Atlantic Ocean. Photo by: ISIS

First ROV dive in VEMA – the very middle of Atlantic Ocean.
Photo by: ISIS

6th November

Happy Birthday Shannon!

Happy Birthday Shannon!

4th and 5th November

Veerle carefully polishing the sediment cores. Photo by: Melanie

Veerle carefully polishing the sediment cores.
Photo by: Melanie

Peeking through the gravity core - do we get some mud?? Photo by: Melanie

Peeking through the gravity core – do we get some mud??
Photo by: Melanie

More coring activity. "Mud pie" (Ocean sediment sliced off the mega core). Photo by: Melanie

More coring activity.
“Mud pie” (Ocean sediment sliced off the mega core).
Photo by: Melanie

3rd November

Laura and ISIS Photo by: Michelle

Laura and ISIS
Photo by: Michelle

2nd November

!!! Photo by: ISIS

!!!
Photo by: ISIS

Brittle star colony on coral. Photo by: ISIS

Brittle star colony on coral.
Photo by: ISIS

More ROV dives at Knipovich. Photo: eel-like fish. Photo by: ISIS

More ROV dives at Knipovich.
Photo by: ISIS

1st November

The morning team waiting to collect ISIS harvest.

The morning team waiting to collect ISIS harvest.

Photo by: Veerle

Photo by: Veerle

31st October

A large polystyrene cup? Nope, it's a sponge! Photo by: ISIS

A large polystyrene cup? Nope, it’s a sponge!
Photo by: ISIS

First ROV dive at our second destination: Knipovich seamount. Photo by: ISIS

ROV dive at our second destination: Knipovich seamount.
Photo by: ISIS

30th October

Photo by: Torben

Photo by: Torben

Happy Birthday Veerle!! Photo by: Kais

Happy Birthday Veerle!!
Photo by: Kais

28th & 29th October

Captain Torby supervising core-splitting operation. Photo by: Torben

Captain Torby supervising core-splitting operation.
Photo by: Torben

Gravity core operation. Torby dictionary: As its name implies, gravity core works by penetrating and coring the sediment through sinking on its own weight (there is a 1 tonne weight attached on top of this coring device) Photo by: Torben

Gravity core operation.
Torby dictionary: As its name implies, gravity core works by penetrating and coring the sediment through sinking on its own weight (there is a 1 tonne weight attached on top of this coring device)
Photo by: Torben

Hong Chin: I want to get some mud here. Torby dictionary: Hong Chin is pointing at a sub-bottom profile, which is very useful in locating sediment coring site. Photo by: Torben

Hong Chin: I want to get some mud here.
Torby dictionary: Hong Chin is pointing at a sub-bottom profile, which is very useful in locating sediment coring site.
Photo by: Torben

Pete: I love my corals~~ Torby dictionary: Pete is holding a hand lens, a tool which allows 10x magnification of object inspected. Photo by: Torben

Pete: I love my corals~~
Torby dictionary: Pete is holding a hand lens, a tool which allows 10x magnification of object inspected.
Photo by: Torben

27th October

In the ROV controlling unit: Final ROV dive before saying goodbye to Carter seamount.  Photo by: Steph

In the ROV controlling unit: Final ROV dive before saying goodbye to Carter seamount.
Photo by: Steph

25th & 26th October

And finally, the sediment core goes into these D-tubes before being put in cold storage. Photo by: Stephanie

And finally, the sediment core goes into these D-tubes before being put in cold storage.
Photo by: Stephanie

The changes in the ocean sediment properties (colour, grain size, chemistry, microfossil distribution etc) throughout the length of the core give hints to past climate and ocean conditions. Photo by: Stephanie

The changes in the ocean sediment properties (colour, grain size, chemistry, microfossil distribution etc) throughout the length of the core give hints to past climate and ocean conditions.
Photo by: Stephanie

On-board piston core processing: core splitting, colour scanning, core description. Photo by: Jesse, Stephanie

On-board piston core processing: core splitting, colour scanning, core description.
Photo by: Jesse, Stephanie

23rd and 24th October

Captain Torby on board! Photo by: Torben

Captain Torby on board!
Photo by: Torben

Our very first piston core. Photo by: Melanie

Our very first piston core. The mechanism of the piston core allows the recovery of long sediment depths, which enables scientists to study climate and ocean of deeper time (hundreds of thousands of years ago).
Photo by: Melanie

Mega core processing and sampling. Photo by: Stephanie

Mega core processing and sampling.
Photo by: Jesse

We got some mud! Megacore from four and a half km deep. Photo by: Hong Chin

We got some mud! Megacore from four and a half km deep.
Photo by: Hong Chin

22nd October

Getting lively in the biology lab  Photo by: Jesse

Getting lively in the biology lab
Photo by: Jesse

ISIS coming out from her third dive. Working in the rain to collect ISIS harvest. Photo by: Melanie

ISIS coming out from her third dive. Working in the rain to collect ISIS harvest.
Photo by: Melanie

21st October

Fossil corals obtained from second ROV dive. Trust me, sorting out all these corals are no easy job. Photo by: Hong Chin

Fossil corals obtained from second ROV dive. Trust me, sorting out all these corals are no easy job.
Photo by: Hong Chin

Second ROV dive: Giant shark wants a piece of action too. Photo by: ISIS (screenshot by Maricel)

Second ROV dive: Giant shark wants a piece of action too.
Photo by: ISIS (screenshot by Maricel)

20th October

Second ROV dive on Carter seamount. ISIS spotted shrimp wandering around fossil coral rubble. Photo by: Peter

Second ROV dive on Carter seamount. ISIS spotted shrimp wandering around fossil coral rubble.
Photo by: Peter

Inside the control van of ROV ISIS. Scientists and engineers getting ready to harvest biology and fossil coral samples Photo by: Allison

Inside the control van of ROV ISIS. Scientists and engineers getting ready to harvest biology and fossil coral samples
Photo by: Allison

19th October

Commencing first ROV dive on Carter seamount. Photo by: Peter

Commencing first ROV dive on Carter seamount.
Photo by: Peter

Arrived at our first sampling destination: off Carter seamount. Team seawater sampling in action. Photo by: Melanie, Vanessa, Michelle

Arrived at our first sampling destination: off Carter seamount. Team seawater sampling in action.
Photo by: Melanie, Vanessa, Michelle

18th October

Flying fish moment Photo by: Kais

Flying fish moment
Photo by: Kais

Michelle operating seawater dissolved oxygen measurement by titration Photo by: Hong Chin

Michelle operating seawater dissolved oxygen measurement by titration
Photo by: Hong Chin

17th October

Kais explaining the mega-core system. The main advantage of using the mega-core to collect sediment is the good preservation of the sediment-water interface. Photo by: Hong Chin Ng

Kais explaining the mega-core system.
The main advantage of using the mega-core to collect sediment is the good preservation of the sediment-water interface.
Photo by: Hong Chin

When scientists are not on their working shift...... Photo by: Allison Jacobel

When scientists are not on their working shift……
Photo by: Allison

16th October

Remotely-Operated Vehicle "ISIS". We will control her high-tech manipulator arms to collect seafloor fossil corals/fauna/sediment at deep ocean.  Photo by: Hong Chin

Remotely-Operated Vehicle “ISIS”. We will control her high-tech manipulator arms to collect seafloor fossil corals/fauna/sediment at deep ocean.
Photo by: Hong Chin

We never forget birthdays "Happy Birthday Melanie!!" Thank our awesome chefs (John and Wally) for preparing this lovely cake. Photo by: Vanessa Fairbank

We never forget birthdays
“Happy Birthday Melanie!!”
Thank our awesome chefs (John and Wally) for preparing this lovely cake.
Photo by: Vanessa

15th October

CTD Rosette on the move.  The system houses 24 Niskin bottles to collect seawater at different depths. There are sensors which measure seawater conductivity, temperature and depth in-situ.~Photo by Stephanie Bates

CTD Rosette on the move. The system houses 24 Niskin bottles to collect seawater at different depths. There are sensors which measure seawater conductivity, temperature and depth in-situ.
Photo by: Stephanie

Sampling seawater to measure concentration of dissolved oxygen.  Seawater oxygen content informs us about the biological activity (respiration) beneath the surface ocean. [Left: Paul and Jesse sampling seawater from the Niskin bottles; Bottom right: Stephanie measuring temperature of the seawater sample;  Top right: Vanessa adding reagents which binds the oxygen in the sample for titration measurement later] ~Photo by Stephanie Bates

Sampling seawater to measure concentration of dissolved oxygen. Seawater oxygen content informs us about the biological activity (respiration) beneath the surface ocean. [Left: Paul and Jesse sampling seawater from the Niskin bottles; Bottom right: Stephanie measuring temperature of the seawater sample; Top right: Vanessa adding reagents which binds the oxygen in the sample for titration measurement later]
Photo by: Stephanie

14th October

CTD rosette ready to go_HC Ng

CTD rosette ready to go!
Photo by: Hong Chin

Pete's sewing in action (making nets to collect deep sea corals)_HC Ng

Pete’s sewing in action (making nets to collect corals)
Photo by: Hong Chin

13th October

Team Science all hands on deck_HC Ng

Team Science!
Photo by Hong Chin

RRS James Cook_Allison Jacobel

RRS James Cook
Photo by: Allison

 

7 comments on “Daily Photos
  1. Heather says:

    This post, “Daily Photos | Tracing ocean processes using corals and sediments” was in fact superb.
    I am printing out a copy to demonstrate to my good friends.
    Many thanks-Isabella

  2. Claire Taylor says:

    Love the photos, keep them coming!!

  3. scelo says:

    Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us on the continent!

  4. Ryan Maguire says:

    Dear Ocean Research team,

    I am a University of Bristol student, writing an article about the Ocean Research project for Epigram, student newspaper. May I have permission to use one of the photos on this web page for the newspaper article?

    Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

    Ryan M

  5. alicia Vila says:

    The photos are interesting and I enjoy watching the team work in their research. Your job is fascinating. I especially enjoyed the picture of the flying fish.
    From the pictures, I can see that the weather is very pleasant.
    The photo of the researchers on their time off makes me wonder what one thinks when looking at the endless ocean, with it´s energy. So the sailing has been calm which is good news for all of you on board. That´s great. I wish you all peaceful waters and soft winds.
    Alice

  6. Tina van de Flierdt says:

    Just wanted to use this avenue to wish Shannon a happy birthday. Keep the nice pictures coming and good luck for the next location. Go Team Tropics !

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