Today is less hectic than yesterday already! The scientists know what to do when the submersible emerges, and what needs to be done while the submersible is at sea. Everyone has their own job and they now have it down to an art!
Two submersible dives occur today. The first dive occurs around 8:00 AM. One of the primary investigators, Dr. Dan Thornhill, and an undergraduate student from his lab at Bowdoin College, Will Hatleberg, found two amazing sites. They brought back many tubeworms (picture below in the buckets), sea stars (including a brittle star), shrimp, and even a few crabs! It is a very impressive showing. The second dive occurred around 4:30 PM. Ms. Erin Edmondson, a seventh grade teacher from J.F. Drake Middle School, and Auburn University Professor, Dr. Ray Henry, visit five different areas of the same site. Two of the five sites were impressive and they too saw much sea life, like red-colored fishes, crabs and white sea anemones (picture below)! In fact, they captured a giant isopod (below left picture)! However, when they open the tank to add tubeworms later in the evening, the isopod quickly jumps out and runs away! They also see a white lobster (below right picture), an organism the pilot says in nearly impossible to catch! They come a way with more tubeworms, sea stars, sea fan, and a few shrimp!