After a week to observe the ocean and put our nets in the water at various times, we have seen quite a different community of creatures at night than we do during the day. Granted it is trickier to see things like dolphins and whales at night, so those observations are expected to change.
However, the results from our nightly net tows have been quite different than those during the day. These differences can be due to the fact that many organisms retreat to the depths during the day. At night, they can swim closer to the surface to feed when they are not as risk from being seen by larger predators. Simultaneously, this nightly shift in prey near the surface can attract a different set of predators, resulting in overall observed community differences. Here are a few of the our nighttime finds!
Stay tuned for our daytime finds in a post to come!