5 April 2008

Welcome to the blogosphere, Adrian Glover!

Excitement! My friend and colleague at the Natural History Museum, Adrian Glover, is blogging from Antarctica about his deep sea research there. Yes, you read that right, folks, blogging from Antarctica.

*seethes with envy*

More specifically, Adrian is blogging from the RRS James Clark Ross, where he says "dinner is shirt and tie, with cocktails in the bar before dinner, wine on the tables and fine silver to eat with". Ahhh, the British.

Adrian's blog, News from the world of deep-sea whale-falls, polychaete worms and Antarctica contains such gems as the photo at right which I think should be titled "Antarctic deep sea still life with whale-fall and crab".

Adrian's blog conveys the excitement of deep sea scietnific discovery with a dash of maritime history and real-life accounts from life aboard an Antarctic icebreaker. Here are some teasers:
On the James Clark Ross, we press a button to stop the ship, and another button to lower a trawl 5000m over the side. On an 18th century sailship, just stopping the ship and holding position would be a feat, let alone finding the power to deploy thousands of metres of wire. Pre-19th century mariners did not really care about the deep sea. It was enough to know there were no rocks to run into and enough water to bury the dead.

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With me on the James Clark Ross, I have three experimental moorings designed by OceanLab in Aberdeen, each consisting of a whale bone or wood package, and a special acoustic transponder which acts like an underwater marker beacon to any submersible or remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

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My interest in polychaete worms has kept me busy on this cruise, not just in preparing the moorings, but in working up the thousands of specimens we have brought up from Pine Island Bay and the Amundsen Sea. These include the largest predatory polychaete I have ever seen – with jaws large enough to take off a small finger. But that is another story!
I expect this will be of great interest especially to my SBC session on Real-Time Blogging in the Marine Sciences peeps, Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News/The Other 95%, Jason Robertshaw of Cephalopodcast Arthropodcast, Peter Etnoyer of Deep Sea News and Rich MacPherson of Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice and Sunsets.

I'd say get over there and leave comments but Adrian's blog doesn't allow comments. Phooey. I'll see what I can do. It'll help if I have some positive comments from the blogosphere to pass along to him. Please use this post a place to comment on Adrian's blog and then I can show him what he's missing!

This just in: Adrian has a web gallery!

1 comment:

JasonR said...

I hear that whale poo communities are the hot new research topic. ;)

Congrats to Dr. Glover on the new blog. Smart of him to be using a Mac. :)