Soon this will only be a good memory of times well spent with some very interesting and knowledgeable people from a variety of backgrounds! The youngest on board is 20 and the oldest is 72. Every person on has their specific role and occupies a certain niche on board the boat. From the captain all the way through to the chef! (Notice how I didn't use the word down - in order for the ship to function properly everyone one board has to do their part and if one part fails the whole operation weakens or crumbles. This is the meaning of team. ) Days are also divided in two - two 12 hour shifts... I'm so glad I am on the day shift! Science is ongoing and anything but boring. There is a ton of data to be gathered - both quantitative and qualitative - in the pictures you can see neocalanus christatus, a type of copepod. There are 12+ species of copepods common to these waters and well over two hundred species that have been identified in the Gulf of Alaska.... quite the community of zooplankton....
Although the sun is shining , the seas have been anything but cooperative... 6 to 8 foot swells makes the most menial of tasks more difficult .... so for breakfast, instead of one of my favorites, honey nut Cheerios, I went with my winter time go-to....oatmeal... So much easier to manage when the boat is rockin!!
In the video you can see how difficult it is to deploy and retrieve the CTD when waves are present.... we managed to snap off the PAR and one of the handles which was crazy considering it weighs around 300 pounds!
Today we are out in the Gulf of Alaska... and we are out about 80 miles off shore!! All ocean and nothing but! Had four casts today .... so it was a perfect 12 hour day.... Saw a pod of killer whales but they were too quick to get them on film...