I joined Andy Brierley's research group for the second week of a cruise in the Irish Sea to sample jellyfish and plankton, for a grant we got together.


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01annestation
Ready to go
to meet the ship at Holyhead
02emilybnb
In Holyhead
Emily and I leave our stuff at the B&B
03holyhead
And head into Holyhead
04greengarden
To have dinner
at a Chinese resturant
05ship
The next morning
our first sight of the ship
06emilygeton
We climb
on board
07princemadog
Our home for the next week:
The Prince Madog
09fixsonar
Andy, Mags, and Our Martin
work on fixing the sonar
10fixringnet
Katy fixes
the ring net
11pullaway
Then we're on our way
12holyheadbridge
We get a good view
of the Holyhead bridge
13mainstairs
The ship:
Starting from the main floor
14galley
Straight through
you first pass the galley
15mess
And then enter
the mess
16gear
The other way
past our gear
17wetlab
Is the wet lab
(that's Other Martin and Young Andy)
18annedeck
And the deck
(that's me in my deck gear)
19lookup
From the deck
you can see upstairs and the bridge
20drylab
Up one floor
is the dry lab (with Other Martin, Emily, and Martha)
22aroundside
Around the side
of the wetlab
23annefront
We come to the bow
(notice Andy's bike behind me)
24downstairs
Going down stairs
from the main floor
25berths
Is the hall
with our berths
27martinjellywatching
One task is
jelly spotting out the bow
28jellyfish
We count jellyfish
in 20 minute shifts
29annewatching
Anne
jelly spotting
30sprayrainbow
Somes there are
rainbows in the spray
31dolphins
Or dolphins
riding the bow wave
32raingear
When it's wet
we need to put on rain gear
33andyemilyringnet
Young Andy and Emily
put out the ring net
34emilysift
Emily sifts
the ringnet catch
36otterout
We also put out
the otter trawl
35ottertrawl
Bringing in the otter
(no one could say why it was called that)
37martinrhizo
It catches
a nice Rhizostoma
38manyaurelia
And once
many Aurelia
39manymanyaurelia
Many, many Aurelia
40anneCDT
Other Anne puts out the the CTD
(Conductivity, Temperature, Depth)
41emilyworking
Emily working
in the mess
42emilyjuggling
But it's not all work:
here's Emily juggling
43andycycling
And Andy cycling
44writemeals
The cook
writes our meals on the board
45TV
And in the evenings
we watch TV
46stuck
We're stuck due to storms
and so calibrate the sonar
47andyplan
Andy plans
our route
48morningsun
The early morning sun
shines over the sea
49gannet
I see many birds:
Gannets
50guillemonts
Guillemonts
51kittiwakes
Kittiwakes
52kittiwakeexcitement
The kittiwakes
found something
53kittiwakemovie
Kittiwakes like to fly
behind the ship (play movie)
54fog
One day there was
really heavy fog
55fog360
This movie shows
us sailing through a circle of white
56waterfogsky
Later that day
the fog sunk down so we could see the sky
57halo
The water in the air
made a halo around the bow
57halomovie
Watch the halo
and the sunlight sparkle in the water (play movie)
58emilymartinandy
Enoying the sun:
Emily, Other Martin, and Young Andy
59andynap
Young Andy
takes a nap
60ireland
We cross over
to Ireland
61ferry
And pass the Dublin-Liverpool Ferry
which pulls the Continuous Plankton Recorder
62sonaragain
Before heading back to port
we calibrate the sonar again
63sonarscreen
The goal is
to centre the dot in crosshairs on the lower left
64gathermarsamartin
Coming in to port
we gather in the bow (here's Marsha & Other Martin)
65gathermartindandyx2
And Our Martin, Andy, and Young Andy
66menaibridge
We approach Menai Bridge
See the bridge!
67dock
Here's our dock
68pack
We then pack up
all our stuff
69ondeck
Here's everything
ready to go
70natecart
A little cart
brings it up
71intovan
And we put it
in the van
72egret
On the last morning
I go bird watching: an egret
73albinoduckling
A duck with ducklings
including an albino
74shelduck
A shelduck
75menaibridge
And I get a nice view
of Menai Bridge
76ship
And also
the Prince Madog
77ourjourney
The computer has kept
a record of our journey

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