Welcome to this year's blog detailing our field season at McMurdo Station, Antarctica! We are a team of biologists from Portland State University who study the fishes of the extremely cold waters of the Southern Ocean. We will be collecting fish from McMurdo Sound, an icy body of water that borders the Ross Ice Shelf at 78 degrees south latitude. Our studies are focused on the impact of increasing water temperatures on the physiology of these extremely sensitive and ecologically important species.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The fish that made everything better.

It was one of those Mondays. The door to our Pisten Bully sprung and our whole team excursion to a fishing site further afield was cancelled. We were able to borrow a PB from another team, and three of us went to a local site in the afternoon. The wind picked up, and the weather was less than ideal. The jiffy drill didn't work for a while. We stood outside for hourse. Monday was out to get us. Then:

Isaac caught a fish.

A different fish. A rare fish. Not a bernie or a bork. Gymnodraco acuticeps, more commonly known as a dragonfish. It is benthic, and hanging out in the same area as where we've been catching bernies and pennelliis (about 60 feet deep). It has a pointy "snout," teeth, and an underbite.
Our spirits lifted. We rejoiced. Isaac caught another one.  The following day, Brad caught another.

Bravo 308 welcomes three dragonfish to their new home in the Crary Lab aquarium.

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