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!
The whole team in Archanes
Half way through the experiment… how fast days are passing by! This morning the glass plates were waiting for us! But 55 dips were enough today! We get more and more water with less dips now… there are lots of sticky “things” in the sea surface! And Luisa can confirm it also by the analysis with the microscope of the filters she coloured with the blue stains… today she also found some strange organisms just in the SML, not in the bulk water. What could they be? Vivi came to check them but they are so strange, the research starts and maybe tomorrow we’ll have the answer. In the meanwhile… this evening we’ll have a dinner all together in such a nice and traditional tavern in Archanes, a village close to Heraklion… I’m looking forward it!:)