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Charleston Bump
September 26 - September 29
September 26 The North Carolina Shelf mission wrapped up today with one last morning submersible dive. The R/V Cape Fear met the R/V Seward Johnson II at noon with the Charleston Bump crew aboard. Science crews were switched, and the Seward Johnson II got underway for its overnight transit to the Charleston Bump area.  
  September 27 The Charleston Bump has proved to be a bumpy ride for participants of this leg of the Islands expedition. A morning dive was completed but strong currents flowing over the Bump pushed the Johnson Sea-Link off course of its original destination. The sub explored a relatively flat area of rocky outcrops, and coral sand and rubble. One of the highlights of the dive was spotting a pink frogmouth fish. Learn about the deep reef habitat of the Charleston Bump, find out about managing the fisheries of Charleston Bump, and discover the deepwater sharks that inhabit this area.
September 28 Two successful dives were completed today with many interesting samples brought to the surface. Wreckfish, a focus for many of the researchers, were sighted on both dives. Carmelina Livingston, the Charleston Bump Educator-at-Sea, received the best birthday present ever --a coveted submersible dive to 1800 ft under the sea. The weather is expected to kick up this evening so the Seward Johnson II is heading to Charleston overnight. Read the observations of a geologist after a submersible dive, and view some of the specimens that were collected during a twilight towing sample.
  September 29 Forced by high seas that began late yesterday to head for shore, the Seward Johnson II arrived early this morning in Charleston, South Carolina a day earlier than scheduled, completing a highly succesful five-leg mission of ocean expeditions to sight in the South Atlantic Bight. Get the perspective of the mission's Educator-at-Sea, following her submersible dive yesterday and see video of her exuberant return in the Johnson Sea Link from 1800 ft beneath the sea.

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