Rock you like a hurricane"
- "Rock you like a hurricane" by Scorpions
|Differently-sized specimens of Cladorhiza gelida, the|
carnivorous sponge, photographed using a dissecting microscope.
I made sure to stay inside and work in the lab while José had his way with the outdoors. It was a good chance to start measuring the sponge and crinoid specimens I brought back from the Arctic. Yes, all my specimens made it safely home, so I've been busy at the microscope, measuring the lengths of the animals from the long-term settlement experiment and calculating how quickly they grow. I know the experiment was underwater for 18 years, but the individuals I found living on it were surprisingly small. I can try to estimate their growth rates and see how growth might be affected by altitude above the seafloor. (Remember, the largest sponge on the whole experiment was on the radar reflector, about 2 m above bottom.)
It's been a busy week of catching up, progressing forward, and trying to stay dry. I should have very interesting results from the specimen measurements. I'll keep you posted!