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Ooops…I said last sampling was yesterday! Well, we had another one today. Just for the bulk, easy one, CO2, nutrients, chlorophyll, POC, flow cytometry…we had a final meeting all together, to discuss latest results, follow up, and have some cake and wine together and then we went to visit the Cretaquarium! That was great! Great end of the experiment! We said goodbye to Eleni who was going back to Athens – by ferry, overnight! We will miss her.
We went back home, walking by the sea-side. We cooked and went to bed and maybe, for the first time after two weeks, we really slept like stones! In the next days we’ll be around at the institute.. packing, some office work, checking samples.. then a few days of holidays in Crete and back to Italy.
With the hope to come back here one day, maybe for another mesocosms experiment…That has been really an amazing experience!
Last day of sampling! Last cleaning of the equipment, last filtration of microplastics, last analysis of chlorophyll and the metals, and flow cytometer… Last goodbye to all the funnels and all the glass plates… Well, maybe we won’t miss them so much! But all the experiment was such an emotion to me, and very interesting! The balance is very positive in every case… I learnt many techniques and many information useful for my biological studies and I known very nice people here… I feel very lucky to be part of this team! Now Luisa can finally relax and enjoy after the whole work! She has just to gather all the results and make a complete summary of the experiment… but we will see in the next months! Thanks to everybody, great job 🙂
This morning was very very hot and the SML sampling was very challenging! It’s Sunday, we were very few at the institute and there was a strange silence inside! However we did all the analysis and we managed to finish not so late just in time to have a bath! The experiment is going to end soon, as nutrients are low and everything is going to come back to normality… It was such a beautiful adventure! But maybe it’s better to leave the comment for tomorrow, after the last SML sampling!
Today we are only Luisa, Arturo, Anastasia II, Santi and me at the institute. It is Saturday and we’d love to go the the beach, but mesocosms are waiting for us, so, the beach will wait! Anastasia II is ready to make
all the chlorophyll analysis after the filtration of Santi and to use the flow cytometer alone… thanks to all the teachings of Anastasia I who has just take one day off after all these days working. The values of the chlorophyll are very low but it’s the normal decrease towards the depletion of the nutrients and in perfect time with the end of the experiment…
Last day for Steven! After the SML sampling under a very hot sun, we had a meeting all together… the thoughts of all the team seem positive for the future results. After a picture all together in front of the mesocosms, we say goodbye to Steven with an ice-cream at the bar of the aquarium (Cretaquarium)… Does someone else want to be greeted? 😛
The dinner last night was great, we all love Cretan food (and wine ;P). We went home pretty late, but it’s a more calm day today, with the bulk sampling made by Anastasia II and Manolis and all the other analysis. About the organisms in the filters of the SML, Vivi discovered that they are a species of Ciliate, common for coastal water and seems that they are blooming now, and we only see the in the very surface! How strange.. Maybe it could be an interesting discovery!