Tara Pacific – San Diego to Panama – Adventures on Islands

Leaving Tara to explore the islands close by was valuables moments. First at Clipperton Island which is an uninhabited 6 km2 coral atoll in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. It is 10,677 kilometers away from Paris, 5,400 km from Papeete, and 1,081 km from Mexico. Clipperton has a ring-shaped atoll which…

Tara Pacific – San Diego to Panama – Foldscopes onboard !

Having foldscopes onboard was completely essential for us to enjoy the beauty of those creatures, the plankton ! Others were as fascinated than me by those creatures, discoveries that I want to share with you : Seeing them living was even more extraordinary :

Tara Pacific – San Diego to Panama – Missions onboard

During the whole leg, I was in charge of plankton sampling, everyday, on the morning and during the evening. It was quite intense !!First there was this system made to pump the water while we were continuing to move forward with Tara. And this net capable of collecting plankton at high speed. The aim was…

Tara Pacific – San Diego to Panama – Overview

I had the chance to go onboard Tara, a famous scientific vessel that has sail nearly 100,000 km around the Pacific Ocean for more than two years. I participated to the last scientific leg of this fabulous adventure, a leg from San Diego to Panama. Tara is a 36 meters aluminum-hulled schooner, 10 wide and…

Symsagittifera roscoffensis

I have the chance to live by the sea in the north west of France, in Brittany. Here, it’s quite easy to sample Symsagittifera roscoffensis directly on the beach during the low tide. They basically look like this under the foldscope : These free-living acoelomorph worms, formerly called Convoluta roscoffensis, have a characteristical green color…