|Sailing into the sunset (A. Cunha, JNCC)|
|An Ocean Quahog, Arctica Islandica (A. Cunha, JNCC)|
We had an exciting end to our penultimate day shift when we found a huge Arctica islandica in our grab. These bivalved behemoths are really rare and can live for hundreds of years (the oldest recorded, nicknamed ‘Ming’, was thought to be over 500 years old!). After recording its measurements, we returned this fella to the ocean, where it will probably live for many decades to come.
|The Day Shift, plus 'floaters'! (A. Cunha, JNCC)|
|The Night Shift, taken by their camera shy shift lead (P. McIlwaine, Cefas)|
Stay tuned for future instalments from our next survey later on in the year!