10 november 2022

L’Echo des Labos n°6

L'écho des Labos n°6, by Stéphane Dugast, special reporter.

And none at all!

At midday, the laboratory at the stern of the S.A. Aghulas II is surprisingly deserted. Day or night, there’s always a scientist here with his eyes in his binoculars. A swearword, a laugh! There’s someone here… Frédéric is ecstatic.

The scientist is even intrigued by a strange fish… He knows all about the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems and how to identify large pelagic predatory fish.

I could spend hours listening to Frédéric. The discussion is going well when Céline, a CNRS research engineer at the Institut de la Mer, arrives. She too is just passing through, and very curious…

Fish with the most unusual silhouettes flash before our eyes. Céline and I bombard Frédéric with questions, so captivated are we by his explanations. The fish at Saya de Malha are truly astonishing creatures. And Frédéric is a fascinating researcher…

The main characters

IRD researcher Frederic Ménard specializes in tropical marine ecosystems in the context of global change. He knows all there is to know about the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems and the identification of large pelagic predatory fish.

Céline Dimier is a CNRS research engineer at the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche sur Mer. She is part of Hervé Claustres’ BGC Argo team during this mission. In particular, she is in charge of analyzing deep-sea samples taken with the rosette.

Frédéric Ménard, IRD. Indian Ocean Mission 2022©Nicolas Mathys_Zeppelin_MonacoExplorations

Céline Dimier with Thomas Jessin during a water sampling operation. October 16, 2022. Indian Ocean Mission©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations

Saya de Malha. Some of the most unusual fish shapes...©Nicolas Mathys_Zeppelin_MonacoExplorations

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