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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer Newfoundland & Labrador Fishery Survey: DAY 24

Date 22/02/2011 Time: 2230 hrs (UTC)

Position:  51 02.25 N 50 32.44 W

Wind 15 Knots


Sampling continued in the wet lab throughout the day, and the seas are calming to a nice gentle swell – the first such conditions we have enjoyed on the entire trip. We did some sampling at 500+ m and found very few commercial fishes but an interesting array of invertebrates.  Some soft corals were found; deep sea corals in the Newfoundland and Labrador region are only beginning to be studied.  Deep sea corals can be found all over the world and are long lived and slow growing. 


                       
Deep Sea Soft Coral  Duva Florida


Deep Sea Star Fish


This will be a short blog today as we have been very busy …

More tomorrow …

Blog by Kate Barley

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