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The National Geographic Blog can be found HERE

One of the reasons that we are here is to carry out research on sharks and so at some point everyone was looking forward to spotting a few.  This afternoon when the ship was recovering the pelagic camera,  which floats from the surface,  we were delighted to spot this shark cruising very slowing along the side of the ship.

What lurks beneath?  The simple answer is sharks.  This is a six gill shark recorded using the dropcam.  One of the drawbacks of such a system is that whilst it is deployed there is no way of knowing what it is going to capture,  and of course the six gill shark has not been told how to behave in front of the camera,  which means that there is a lot of footage of just a shadow on the seabed or perhaps a tail slipping in and out of view.  Once in a while everything lines up nicely and this is the result.  Picture Natural Geographic.

Paul Rose has today updated the National Geographic Pristine Seas blog and when it goes live,  hopefully by Tuesday evening or sometime on Wednesday,  it will have a short video clip of the shark.  Check out the blog HERE

Another shot of the six gill shark from the dropcam.  Picture National Geographic

The Extractor has never been too far from us and was close by this morning when the sea conditions had improved and the swell had dropped,  although looking at this picture you would not think so.

JR1 was launched and three persons from the JCR have now transferred across to the Extractor.  The transfer did not take long and as soon as it was complete we went our separate ways to continue the research.  The team on the Extractor are tagging sharks,  we are filming them.

It is not all about sharks though and other discoveries are being made by the team on board.  Picture Julia Fear/BAS

Another small beastie from the deep,  although it is not that deep over the seamounts. Picture Julia Fear/BAS

Not something one would want to come across in a dark alleyway!  Picture Julia Fear/BAS

I received an email from Pavel,  OK2BMA,  to advise that the BBC,  Voice of America and Deutsche Welle still transmit from Ascension Island.

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Noon Position Report

Latitude: 9 51 S
Longitude: 12 05 W
Bearing: 130 T, 181 Nm from Ascension Island
Cruise Number: JR16-NG
Distance Travelled: 108
Total Distance Travelled: 1186
Steam Time: 24hr Science
Wind: Direction SE, Force 3
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 26.8 C Sea Temp: 27.1 C
Pressure: 1015.8 Tendency (3hrs): Falling


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Mike Gloistein
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