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June 28, 2015

Eyes wide open

BY: Ricardo Aguilar




Today we were amazed by the huge eyes of a small group of amphipods that came inside a sponge we collected. Our eyes looked pretty much like those of the amphipods, being wide open with amazement as we found so much life in the sampled bottoms along with many vulnerable ecosystems and species of interest. The dives are not disappointing us. On board, we review the tapes, photograph the samples and start discussions on the identification of the observed species, and on their distribution in the Mediterranean or even across the Atlantic. The variety of bottom types, including both rocky and detrital bottoms, provides a striking diversity that deserves keeping our eyes wide open.