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Studying the Twilight Zone of a Norwegian Fjord

Norway’s fjords are ideal for studying the ocean. They’re calm, deep, have consistent populations of interesting marine creatures, and there’s still a lot to learn about them. Every year, Professor Anne Gro Vea Salvanes from @UniBergen takes students on field trips to Masfjorden to teach them the field skills they need to be good marine scientists. 

Taraneh Westergerling, one of Anne Gro’s PhD students, has a unique research question about the fish that live in the mesopelagic zone (AKA the “twilight zone”) of the fjord. When OceanXplorer visited Masfjorden this year, they both came aboard to get a whole new perspective on this familiar place and try to unravel some of the mysteries of its complex ecosystem.