The absence of blog posts these past few days is a result of two factors.  First, we took Saturday off from diving to fix gear, rest our bodies, catch up on specimen processing, and pick up John Earle from the airport.  It was a successful and relaxing day, and our group of eight has now been expanded to nine!

John Earle (foreground) and Robert Whitton (background) capture items of ichthyological interest on video and in nets at a depth of 330 feet (100 meters). Photo: Richard Pyle.

John Earle (foreground) and Robert Whitton (background) capture items of ichthyological interest on video and in nets at a depth of 330 feet (100 meters). Photo: Richard Pyle.

The second reason for my lack of blog posts is that my trusty Sager “laptop” (at 14+ lbs, with three internal hard drives, two high-end graphics cards and such, I often tell people that it’s not the world’s largest laptop, but rather the world’s smallest desktop) — which has traveled all over the world with me these past five years — finally gave up the ghost and seems to have died. There are other laptop computers on this trip, but each one is needed for regular use by its respective owner, so I have been limited in my ability to get some time online to post musings and images (and equally limited in my ability to receive and respond to emails — apologies to all who are still awaiting replies!)

A group of male and female individuals of an undescribed species in the genus Pseudanthias, at a depth of 330 feet (100 meters). Photo: Richard Pyle.

A group of male and female individuals of an undescribed species in the genus Pseudanthias, at a depth of 330 feet (100 meters). Photo: Richard Pyle.

On Sunday we returned to the depths off the southern side of Pohnpei.  The dive was mostly uneventful for the Bishop Museum team.  Rob, John Earle and I puttered around with our video cameras at a depth of about 330 feet (100 meters), while Brian and Sonia dropped down a bit deeper. The most exciting part of the dive was when I first saw the treasures that Brian Greene collected.  I’ll leave it for him to share in a separate blog post; but suffice it to say that I was very happy to see what he had collected! I saw a number of interesting fishes, some of which are included in the gallery of photos below.

I will take another day off from diving tomorrow in an attempt to recover my ailing laptop.