Wednesday, May 22, 2013

first data collected

We are back in Tofino after 3 days at the field site.  We spent Mon and Tues nights sleeping at the field site near Macintosh Rocks, adjacent to Vargas Island.  Sunday night we spend docked at the Way West dock in Tofino after eating at the restaurant there, and getting fuel and water.  Saturday night we stayed on site, and Friday May 17 we arrived in Tofino and met the skipper of the Kuroshio, David McRae, and stayed at the Fisherman's Wharf.

Saturday morning we headed off to Yellow Bank to collect some Tritonia diomedea sea slugs (now know at Tritonia tetraquetra due to a recent name change by taxonomists).  We brought those slugs to nearby Macintosh Rocks because it is a more protected bay, that used to harbor this species while Dr. Wyeth did his field work in the early 2000s and when I did my field work in 1991 and 1992.

We set up underwater cameras and now have established a routine of setting cameras in the morning, rounding up slugs, adjusting cameras in the afternoon, and taking down cameras in the evening.  We have had some less than stellar underwater visibility, but we have good video data for 4 days now.

We have been placing magnets in the arena monitored by video and are hypothesizing that these should lead to deviations in their expected crawling headings.  We won't be able to analyze these data definitively in the field, but will be scanning them to look for early indicators.  I will post some videos and photos when I have a better internet connection.  Now, we are docked at Fisherman's Wharf after a nice sushi dinner and the luxury of showers and flush toilets.

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