Category Archives: BobEco 2011

‘I won’t make it on the outside boss…..I’s an institution man now’

This is an angle that is very rarely talked about but I thought it was something that folks may find interesting: The reintegration into society! It sounds strange but we have lived a very intense and unusual life for 5 … Continue reading

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This wasn’t in the script, they’re improvising!

When you are working in the field you are vulnerable to the environment that you are in. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches. This is the time for seat-of-your-pants science; on-the-spot experimental design, new goals on the fly … Continue reading

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Scientific blogs from BobEco now available…

…in French (Leg 1, Leg 2) and English (Leg 1, Leg 2). These will give some more scientific background information to the BobEco cruise.

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Zen and the art of ROV maintenance

In the frantic offshore life of long shifts at awkward hours, drawing graphs plotting that thing against that other thing, and telling a poor ROV pilot that you would like him to use a huge robotic arm to grab that … Continue reading

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

We are now within the Celtic sea, the French part of it at least. I didn’t know there was a French part of the Celtic sea but it turns out there is, and I am in it.

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Disk 1 complete; please insert Disk 2 to continue playing

The next area we investigated was the Lampaul canyon. Here we started at over 2,000m depth and followed the canyon up its axis, getting shallower and shallower. Our main interest here was geological. I know very little about this side … Continue reading

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The beating heart of the “Pourquoi Pas?”

A vessel of this size contains many different worlds, each overlapping but potentially invisible. I have been onboard for weeks and I still see people at meals who I have never seen before! There is far more going on here … Continue reading

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Bothering deep sea animals – BoBEco Cruise

The Victor ROV has been brought back onboard and been refitted for a biological survey. The machine really is very well designed; you have the main body of the machine, housing all the communication, positioning, cameras and thrusters and then … Continue reading

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The start of the BoBEco cruise

We gathered in Brest, France on the 9th of September; a diverse group of scientists from all over Europe. The CoralFISH project has been active now for about 3 years, and due to the relatively small world of ocean science … Continue reading

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