Our last stop on our Salp Survey cruise was to Flanders Bay, a protected fjord off Gerlache Strait. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather! The morning of Nov. 25th was sunny and calm, offering a stunning landscape of snow-covered peaks and glaciers and their reflected images in the still waters (Fig. 1).
|Figure 1. View with reflections in the calm waters of Flanders Bay, Western Antarctic Peninsula region.|
|Figure 2. Left: The LM Gould clearing a path through the ice in Flanders Bay for the small boat operations. Right: Joe Warren standing in a zodiac equipped for small-scale bioacoustical surveys of zooplankton distribution and abundance.|
|Figure 4. Gentoo penguins were everywhere in the Bay. They hung out on the ice and stood up to keep an eye on us.We also saw them porpoising through the water, including one who followed our zodiac for several minutes.|
|Figure 5. Paola collecting larval krill from a floating “krill nursery” under a bit of ice.|
-- Ann Bucklin (University of Connecticut)
All photos: Ann Bucklin