ship time is valuable, scientists at sea try to use every possible
minute of a cruise, sometimes collecting samples for colleagues ashore during lulls in the shipboard activity.
In December 2008 WHOI research assistant Melissa Patrician and biologist Cabell Davis launched a double "bongo net," to collect zooplankton in the Caribbean. They contributed half of each sample to the CMarZ (Census of Marine
Zooplankton) project, an ongoing effort to create a record of global
zooplankton biodiversity. The cruise was part of collaborative research with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
(Photo by Anthony Kirincich, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)