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Testing the gear

The crew on G.O. Sars has rigged the trawl and tested it. The small catch that this resulted in provided the biologists on board with an opportunity to take a closer look at the various marine species found in this area and made it possible to test out the identification procedures.

We also mounted the camera equipment and started photographing the various species. Here are some examples:

This is a small crustacean from the Phronima family. Its looks supposedly inspired movie makers when they created alien species. This phronima lives inside a salpe which is a separate species group and looks like a transparent little barrel. The phronima lives insids the salpe eats its content until only the outer shell is left and spawns in it. (Photo: Kjartan Mæstad)

The eye of the squid on the top. This picture is taken trough a magnifier, whereas the picture above is taken with a camera. (Photo: Lars Naustvoll)

Close-up of a krilleye, Euphasia vallentini to be specific. This is the dominant of the six species of krill found in this area. Globally, there are 85 known species of these small, shrimp-like crustaceans. (Photo: Lars Naustvoll)

A shrimps eye. Species unknown. (Photo: Lars Naustvoll)



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