- March 2018: Sea Patches scientists participated at the ARCTOS research network meeting at Sommarøy, Troms, Norway http://arctos.uit.no/home/
- February 2018: Results were presented at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon, United States
- January 2018: Annual Project meeting in Tromsø, Norway – planning scientific articles and discussing this years cruise
- December 2017: Post doc Nicolas Weidberg joined the Sea Patches team
- October 2017: Workshop on cruise results in Reykjavik, Iceland
We just came back from a very successful cruise to the area outside Lofoten-Vesterålen islands, where we were looking for (and finding!) patches of the small zooplankton Calanus finmarchicus. View some pictures in the gallery.
Researches from Oregon State University have been able to film blue whales gulping swarms of krill:
But which swarm is worth feeding on from the whales’ perspective?
“Every time a blue whale opens its mouth, it’s like putting on the brakes, it slows way down so these animals have to make decisions about what’s worth opening their mouth for.” says Dr. Torres.
And from the planktons´ perspective, what is the benefit of forming swarms when it apparently does not yield protection from predators? This is a question we are going to address during Sea Patches.
After our successful Kick-Off meeting 15 March in Tromsø, we are now getting ready for our first cruise that will take place 27 April to 4 May in the region off the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands. Busy packing equipment!