On Thursday morning, February 16, the Delaware II
is off the coast of Virginia, working its way back north along an inshore track of stations, having completed the southernmost stations yesterday. The weather continues to be calm and mild, conditions we are very grateful for at this time of year!
We have seen a variety of fish larvae in these southern inshore samples. Spot, croaker, menhaden and gobies have been found in some of them. We also had a juvenile speckled lady crab in one of our recent bongo tows.
The bird observers have recorded a great skua, some manx shearwaters, a few dovekies and razor-bills, northern gannets, common terns, northern fulmars and some Bonaparte gulls close to shore. For marine mammals they’ve observed some common dolphins and a fin whale near Oregon Inlet off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Our near-term forecast is looking good, but another gale is forecast for Sunday. With the excellent progress we’re making I’m hoping we’ll have finished all offshore stations missed during the last storm and and be heading north to complete the cruise with some Isaacs-Kidd midwater trawl stations. In the meantime we’ll continue to enjoy our temperatures above freezing, calm seas and excellent sunsets!
DE 12-02 Winter Ecosystem Monitoring Survey