Observing through the Fog

Northern fulmars observed from the Delaware II. Photo by Harvey Walsh/NOAA.

Northern fulmars observed from the Delaware II. Photo by Harvey Walsh/NOAA.

We spent the last several days circling Georges Bank in the fog.  The weather has reduced the visibility for the observers, limiting the ability for marine mammal sighting.  However, we have seen lots of pelagic bird species around the boat including: greater shearwaters , sooty shearwaters, northern fulmars, gannets, and storm petrelsThese birds are out on the banks searching for food to eat.

We were able to see this greater shearwater, even in the dense fog. (Photo by Harvey Walsh/NOAA)

Despite the poor visibility, the Climate Variability on the East Coast (CLiVEC) scientists continue to collect and process lots of seawater for their primary production studies, and our bongo net collections are going well.  The nets have had good collections of zooplankton and fish larvae.  Including more yellowtail flounder and gadoids, most likely haddock but we will verify the identifications back in the lab under a microscope.

A microscope is needed to properly identify these fish larvae, which are likely haddock. (Photo by Harvey Walsh/NOAA)

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