8 weeks 3 days
What the heck IS this?
Submitted by Randi Brennon on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 00:28
A few days ago, we were all waiting for the next "elevator" to come back up to the ship (an elevator is a structure, about the size of an elevator, that scientists load equipment and materials on -- they then lower it overboard, weighted down so it will sink to the sea floor -- the JASON can move the elevator around on the ocean bottom as needed -- they can load equipment back onto the elevator, remove some weights, and send the elevator rising back to the ocean's surface). This elevator coming up was a special one, a geomicrobe sled (see Sharon's blog), and the water samples and data stored on the sled were an exciting unknown. That's not all that was unknown -- the little guy in the picture above was hanging from the frame of the sled.
I don't know what it is, but I like it! I hustled inside the main lab and put it into a vial with sea water. I then got out my handy dandy handheld microscope that hooks up to my laptop and took lots of pictures. Even though I don't know a name for this creature, I do know it's beautiful :).