After we were done with work at midnight, the ship slowed and basically we were just adrift. The captain put on all the night lights focusing on the water. It wasn't long before there were flying fish jumping through the air and squid swimming all around the ship. These critters were then chased by an entire pod of bottle-nosed dolphins. They were leaping out of the water and chasing the flying fish. It was quite a spectacular show.
Seeing something like that makes all the tiredness leave you. It is so exciting to see something like that. I've always been mystified by critters attracked to the lights at night. Moths are attracted to lights and these oceanic organisms were in the spotlight as well. Tonight we might try doing some dipnetting to see what we can collect over the side.
Hope that everyone is enjoying their hAAlf nAAked Thursday.