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R/V Pelagia cruise blog link
If you wish to continue to follow the cruise blog for the Pelagia CoralFISH/HERMIONE cruise, you will find it on the NIOZ website's Pelagia Cruise Diary.
30 Oct 2009 - 11:50 by CoralFISH R/V Pelagia October 2009 |

Day 14 - The last full day of the BoBGeo Cruise
As the cruise comes to an end the seismic streamer and air cannons are deployed for the last time - Multibeam continues mapping the Bay of Biscay sea floor and Chirp is still chirping - Last night's grab comes up empty.

You can also read the French version of these blog pages here

27 Oct 2009 - 21:35 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Pelagia Blog; Monday 19th October. James Keating (Foreign Observer)
We have had the luck of the draw with the weather for the first few days; but on this, Day 4 of the CORALFISH/HERMIONE survey, the Atlantic swell has won.
27 Oct 2009 - 10:14 by CoralFISH R/V Pelagia October 2009 |

Day 1: The day of the landers
Today marked our first day of work on the HERMIONE/CoralFISH cruise
27 Oct 2009 - 10:12 by CoralFISH R/V Pelagia October 2009 |

Day 13 - Two days to go
Jean-Francois gives a presentation to the crew - The Seismic and Multibeam data collection continues - Missed the dolphins again.
26 Oct 2009 - 21:11 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 12 - What happened to the storm?
The storm that everyone was talking about yesterday never seemed to materialise, instead today was a beautiful day. I even ended up sunbathing on the foredeck.
Scampi and Calypso are deployed possibly for the last time this cruise.

25 Oct 2009 - 21:46 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 11 - A quiet day
Or is it the calm before the storm?
It seems very quiet on board the Pourquoi pas? today with only Chirp and Multibeam working. There is a slight swell but maybe everyone is waiting for bad weather to come which is forecast to hit us this evening.

24 Oct 2009 - 20:27 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Days 9 and 10 - It's all go
The sea was much calmer yesterday, there was still a slight swell but nothing like the previous two days. Calypso and Scampi both deployed successfully.

You can now read the French version of this blog and we are now also able to send videos to YouTube!

23 Oct 2009 - 21:53 by CoralFISH XNews |

Day 8 - Another wild day
Today the swell is even higher than yesterday, because of this only the Chirp and Multibeam are in action.
A frustrating day with the internet!

21 Oct 2009 - 20:46 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 7 - Life on board the Pourquoi pas?
Still a heavy swell from last night with more to come tonight. Because of the swell nothing was deployed today other than the acoustic equipment, therefore I thought I might write a little about how my time onboard is spent.
20 Oct 2009 - 20:22 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 6 - SCAMPI goes astray
Last night another core approximately 12m long was recovered by Calypso and SCAMPI was deployed at around 10.30pm and again this afternoon when it was reluctant to come back.
The weather is about to change as a depression is forecast for the Bay of Biscay as we head for a new station.

19 Oct 2009 - 20:43 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Days 4 and 5 at sea
Jean-Francois is very keen to have the blog translated into French so that the families of the the people on board can read about what is going on during the cruise.
Success with Calypso (the carottier/corer): a 23 metre core is recovered.

18 Oct 2009 - 22:37 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 3 - early results
Another fine morning with clear skies. However, with the Pourquoi pas? sailing at around 8 knots the wind felt quite strong and was very bracing as I stood on the front deck of level seven looking for the dolphins.
17 Oct 2009 - 21:55 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Day 2 - Sampling begins
The wind got up a bit last night and although we arose to another bright and sunny morning the sea was quite a bit rougher than yesterday.
16 Oct 2009 - 17:03 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

R/V Pelagia in Galway
The R/V Pelagia leaves Galway today (16th October) for a CoralFISH cruise to the North Atlantic, where a number of landers will be deployed as part of the CoralFISH project.
16 Oct 2009 - 15:18 by CoralFISH R/V Pelagia October 2009 |

Day one at sea
My first time at sea started today when we set sail this morning at 8.00AM.
15 Oct 2009 - 20:25 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Arriving on the Pourquoi pas?
One day to go!
I've had a very interesting week at the CoralFISH Conference in Heraklion where I met with Jean-Francois Bourillet, the Chief Scientist on the BoBGeo Cruise.

14 Oct 2009 - 16:54 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

10 days to cast-off
Let me introduce myself: I'm Owen McPherson and I'll be writing a blog for this website during the BobGeo cruise aboard the Pourquoi Pas?
4 Oct 2009 - 11:19 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

Celtic Explorer CE0908
For 3 weeks in May & June 2009, the R/V Celtic Explorer went into the Bay of Biscay and out into the Atlantic to study cold water corals with the help of the new Irish ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) the Holland 1. Two of the students aboard posted this blog.
3 Sep 2009 - 12:03 by CoralFISH Celtic Explorer Cruise |

The BobGeo cruise (looking at the Geology of the Bay of Biscay) will take place onboard the R/V Pourquoi pas? from 13th-28th October. Owen Mc Pherson from Oceanlab in Aberdeen will be onboard and relating his experiences.
3 Sep 2009 - 12:02 by CoralFISH BobGeo Cruise |

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2 Sep 2009 - 16:23 by CoralFISH XNews |

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