Welcome to the cave (or wet lab), home to a special group of people known as team SFES (sample, filter, eat & sleep), complete with sterile gloves, wellington boots (rubber boots/sailing boots for the internationals), many bottles of seawater and filtering rigs.
The day starts off with a refreshing early morning at 5am to…. you’ve guessed it, sample the mesocosms. Next on the agenda is filtering for ~ 8 hours, this sometimes has a bit of a cave disco vibe to it with flashing head torches, questionable music taste and wonderfully poor singing.
As the sun starts to dip we emerge from the cave in search of food and a nice pillow to rest our heads. After a few weeks of eating out in Villefranche, we could probably write a paper on how to confuse the waiter by ordering in 4 languages.
Time for bed and alarm set for 04:15am.