Sunday was all about the packing. Packing packing and a little bit more packing. All that science equipment you’ve seen and more has been shipped up here from various homes, the US, Trondheim and Tromsø for the most part and it all has to get back home. Batteries, boxes, computers galore and more boxes of dive equipment than any reasonable person could expect to see in one lifetime. Most of it is coming on the plane with us, something they all seem very cool about, I guess this probably isn’t the weirdest stuff they’ve seen.
So all up, it was mostly about the packing. We did do some student presentations, however those photos are on my phone and technical issues are blocking me from uploading them. So you’ll just have to trust me, they looked a lot like normal presentations. The idea is that we are going to do up a technical report, which outlines everything that we did in our groups and then presents the data and then we’re going to work with different groups to write up a mock scientific paper. That’s the Masters students, the PhD’s have to write up a real scientific paper, the thought of which has caused a few grey hairs to spontaneously appear over the last few days. But it’ll be good for them!
Anyhow, today we took the last photos of the samples the divers have collected on their journeys. Farewell hiding fish and blobby fish and misc creatures.
So I spent half an hour or so spotting the shrimps then putting them in some alcohol for further analysis. As shrimp deaths go, I have to say it's probably one of the nicer ones..
However, it must be said that this time has been most certainly a once in a life time adventure. For many of us it's the most exotic thing we've ever done, and a million thanks go out to the whole team that's made it happen!
But, enough of the sop story, more photos to come later, and maybe some more science too, if you're lucky!