Final days of the survey
|[Preliminary survey tracks for the vessels involved]|
We are currently headed south from Bjørnoya (Bear Island) located approximately 74 degrees N and 16 deg E. We have hauled in tens of tons of Atlantic mackerel (makrell), slightly less than optimal amounts of herring (sild), lumpsucker (rognkjeks), and wild Atlantic salmon (laks). Some of the more interesting fish we brought in included:
I have also had the privilege of observing several whales, mainly killer whales and humpbacks, but also minke, fin whales and a dolphin species. This morning was very special. After finishing the fish sample at 3AM, we were called up to the wheelhouse because two humpbacks were spotted nearby. We followed the whales for nearly an hour. They never jumped or showed their flukes, but it was very special to see them as close at 100 m from the boat. A really nice way to start the day!
Here are a few pictures from this year's summer mackerel survey aboard M/V "Eros"!
|[Fat mackerel! 43 cm and 760 g]|
|[We had a thing for rognkjeks...]|
|[Polar research center, Tromsø]|
|[blue wolf fish]|
|[Adding "plankton sampling" to my resume...]|
|[...and shark wranglin']|
|[Grill party on the deck]|
|[Humpback whale #1 this morning]|