A fishy tale from the Albatross
Also, our research into marine life is being disrupted by... marine life!
A whale again interfered with the sounding wire, carrying off 67 turns of the same from the Sigsbee Machine; also a 35# lead attached.
The scientific logs report "Whale fouled sounding wire and parted it at an intermediate station" on station Dr 4525 on 26/05/1904, and the previous occurrence (not mentioned in the ship's log) was at station Dr 4455 on 12/05/1904, noting "Whale fouled sounding gear, carrying it afoul of propeller and parting wire."
Another animal-related incident was recorded at station Dr 4516 on 24/05/1904 as the dredging net was brought up: "Some bottom fish floated up out of net; dusky albatross devoured some; few recovered by lowering boat".
For context, the Albatross spent the early part of 1904 on loan to staff from the University of California, undertaking dredging of the sea floor to bring up samples of sea life, and did an intensive survey of Monterey Bay in May 1904. It wasn't irregular for parts of the dredging/sounding equipment to get lost or be damaged, especially when the nets got caught on rough parts of the sea bed - however, this is the first time I've seen sea life blamed for the damage!