I stole this photo from the blog of Linda Tareau, a biology teacher on Guam who got to tag along on a NOAA cruise as part of their Teachers at Sea program (yet another reason the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument would prefer the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument be managed by NOAA Sanctuaries rather than US Fish & Wildlife Service). Linda spent four weeks on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette and blogged about her experience on her blog Fish 250.
First of all, how can I get one of these gigs? I've got a blog, but I'm not a teacher or a scientist. Could I swab the decks? Cook everyone dinner?
Second, how cool is that Tiger Shark? And how not cool are the fishing lines and hooks he's got stuck on his dorsal fin?
The shark is following a BRUV, which I'm guessing stands for Baited Remote Underwater Vehicle. I could probably google BRUV and know for sure, but it's a pretty good guess. Final answer.