Gustav was gone most of the summer teaching a class up at Friday Harbor Lab in Washington (state). Here he is teaching the same class from a few years ago.
We also got several shipments from the field including specimens from the Tuamotus, Red Sea, and Singapore expeditions that various of us were on recently. You know what those shipments look like as they have been featured on this blog before. They are beloved by both airline personnel and USPS workers alike due to both their contraband appearance and intoxicating aroma.
Speaking of contraband appearance, check these out! Any guesses as to what we have here?
Like this specimen that was found in a tank full of sharks.
Our collection has actually been getting a lot of new members lately.
All this accessioning is thirsty work.
And the collection isn't the only thing growing. Our lab has been growing too, due to several long-term visitors including Andréa, in the photo below, who is visiting us for a year to study didemnids, a type of colonial tunicate.
But now she and Gustav have headed back to the Red Sea with a few other familiar faces to do some boat-based sampling in the Gulf of Aqaba. I think François and Nat are going on some adventures as well. I'm sure they'll all have some interesting photos and stories to share.