to the L M Gould
After a day and a half at Palmer Station, the L M Gould departed for three weeks of work. The ship, its crew, and the scientists on board will be in the waters near Palmer Station. The scientists will be looking at phytoplankton and zooplankton. These small plants and animals are essential to the food web in the ocean. Scientists take water samples and then they count the numbers and kinds of these microscopic plants and animals.
Some scientists are specifically looking for krill in these waters. Many of the other animals in the Antarctic food web eat krill. Scientists take water samples from the ocean in order to see how many krill there are at this time of the year. They also look for krill that are reproducing (scientists collect krill and count their eggs). If there seems to be a lot of healthy krill, then it is more likely that the other animals in the Antarctic coastal food web will be healthy.
Because this is summertime here (even though it doesn't feel like it!), the animals should be busy eating lots of food and raising their young.