The past few days, we have rotated people through some days off, two at a time, so work can continue on the seals, but give everyone a break. It's easy to overwork yourself with the seals. It's kind of a dangerous combination of extremely enjoyable work that is very fatiguing, so you can really wear yourself down without realizing it. So Darren and I went to McMurdo for some R & R. So today, I continue the Crary Lab tour (where the seal skull was, if you remember), and bring you to the aquarium, where experiments are in action on various marine critters.
|Urchin experiments predominate this view (in the blue tank on the left, and larvae soon to be in the white buckets with very colorful tubage).
|Collecting urchin eggs (dark yellow mass at bottom). Sperm is also collected to fertilize the eggs. The larvae are then used to assess the affects of CO2 on development.
|Urchin in ice...they like it cold down here.
|Other critters in the lab. I'm not a marine guy, so when people tell me the names of these species, I typically can't remember. These eely things are cool though.
|Tub o Fish
|The Touch Tank. I never actually see people touching the animals in here, but I do. It's a wonderful little representation of some of the diverse life found in McMurdo Sound.
|This guy is just a bit smaller than my fist.
|Creepy-awesome sea spider. Touching this guy is freaky but I'm sure its harmless. Otherwise it wouldn't be in the touch tank, right?