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So Many Animals, So Little Time!

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Hi Everyone!

We are heading back to the dock today and can't believe the trip is almost over!  All we have left is to enter data, clean the nets, clean and pack everything in the lab and disassemble the acoustics equipment- all by 8 am tomorrow morning!  This post is all about the animals as we wanted to share just a few images of the amazing creatures we have collected during this trip.  

We can't thank the crew of the R/V Point Sur enough for this safe and amazing research cruise.  We also would like to shout out CSA, Continental Shelf Associates for our MOC10 operator, Gray- without him, we wouldn't have animals to work with!  The support from our organizations and universities has been consistent throughout the DEEPEND program which we truly appreciate. 

See you next year for our next adventure!

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Left: Sergestids

Right:  Deep Sea Shrimp

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Left:  deep sea luminsecent squid

Right:  Seven-arm octopus

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Left:  Atolla jellyfish

Right:  deep sea crab on pyrosome

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Left:  Octopus

Right:  Anoplogaster cornuta, Fangtooth fish   

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Left:  Stylephorus chordatus

Right:  Chauliodus sloani, Viperfish

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Left:  Serrivomer lanceolatoides, Sawpallet Eel

Middle:  Zenopsis conchifer

Right:  Omosudis lowii, Hammerjaw fish


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Dr. Heather Judkins is an associate professor in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She received a Bachelors degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, Masters degree in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University and her PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on understanding the evolution, ecology, and biogeography of cephalopods with a main focus currently in the Wider Caribbean. Her role in this project includes the identification of deep-sea cephalopods, examining genetic diversity, and analysis of cephalopod ecology and distribution in the water column.
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