Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Final Dive Complete - Current Meter Retrieval

Our mission ended on a great note with our return to the Gully MPA. Upon reaching the bottom we discovered many patches of the small gorgonian coral Acanella arbuscula, some of which were collected using mesh bags (see right) for a reproductive study conducted by Dalhousie MSc student Lindsay Beazley.

We continued along course to collect one of two current meters deployed in the area. Once collected, we travelled up slope and discovered a cliff face beaming with large gorgonian corals such as Paragorgia arborea and Primnoa resedaeformis, and glass sponge. This area represented the first concentration of P. arborea colonies observed on the entire trip!

Once we left the cliff face we travelled towards the final current metre, which we collected and then made our last ascent of the mission.

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