Cruise inventory

RRS Discovery D374

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD374
Cruise period2012-03-17 — 2012-03-20
StatusCompleted
Port of departureMontego Bay, Jamaica
Port of returnMontego Bay, Jamaica
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesD374 was a short cruise to recover two moorings in the Cayman trough deployed on RRS James Cook cruise JC044 in Mar-Apr 2010. Apart from the mooring recovery, no other scientific activities were planned. The 2 moorings contain scientific instruments collecting oceanographic data (CTD), biofouling experiments and biodegradation experiments (whale bone and wood) designed to look for the enigmatic Osedax bone-eating worm and Xylophaga shipworm.
Chief scientistAdrian Glover (Natural History Museum, London)
ProjectHydrothermal activity and deep-ocean biology of the Mid-Cayman Rise NE/F018606
Coordinating bodyNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D374 cruise report d374.pdf — access key 'C' (0.49 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralCaribbean Sea
SpecificCayman Trough
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of samples = 19
Description: Whale bone, wood and organic matter samples retrieved from both moorings
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
CTD stations18° 22' 33" N  81° 40' 19" W — Mooring recovery
CTD stations18° 32' 43" N  81° 43' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Current profiler (eg ADCP)18° 22' 33" N  81° 40' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Current profiler (eg ADCP)18° 32' 43" N  81° 43' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Biology and fisheries 
Benthic bacteria/micro-organisms18° 32' 43" N  81° 43' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Benthic bacteria/micro-organisms18° 22' 33" N  81° 40' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Zoobenthos18° 32' 43" N  81° 43' 19" W — Mooring recovery
Zoobenthos18° 22' 33" N  81° 40' 19" W — Mooring recovery