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Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center - Florida
Deep-sea Cruises 2010 - Cruise 1
Cruise Log: 9/29/2010
New information and the value of sampling over multiple years-plus new information on my favorite crabs
We have visited the Vioska Knoll sites each year of this project, and each year we observe something new or collect a species we have not seen previously. We continue to learn more about the diversity of this area with each dive thus reinforcing the fact that one dive or one visit at a site is never enough. These are complex systems with many microhabitats that require multiple methods of sampling to uncover the diversity hidden within the coral matrix, found next to the coral mound or on the soft sediments adjacent to the coral habitats. Each trip we try to investigate new sections of the coral habitat and make observations on what species are associated with the corals, how individuals are distributed on the coral mound, and whether there are new combinations of species associated with these environments.
We have arrived at the west Florida Slope and have completed our first day of sampling. This looks to be a very interesting area; quite different from the Vioska Knoll sites and more similar to sites we have sampled in the Atlantic in terms of coral-reef species composition. We are watching the weather carefully. Hopefully the tropical weather will stay far enough away that we can continue sampling this amazing site.
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