Recent activity

  • March 2018: Sea Patches scientists participated at the ARCTOS research network meeting at Sommarøy, Troms, Norway
  • 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

See what can happen to plankton swarms

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.