We are back on the Gulf of Alaska line and are finishing up with the stations that we were unable to complete due to weather last week. Still 150 miles off shore!We started at 6 am with a CTD cast and the cruise's final CalVet cast. We then went on to two more stations. Can't believe two plus weeks at sea has passed me by....
On this trip, I have been referring to this trip as my "oceanography and plankton boot camp" cruise. The amount of information and understanding of our oceanic world and especially the Gulf of Alaskan ecosystem, has been staggering and needless to say, tough for me to quantify. When I get back on land, I will undoubtedly roll up my sleeves and delve deeper into these very interesting and dynamic sciences The cool thing was that everyone on board this boat were willing to share their experiences and answer any questions that I had. In some cases I felt like I was in college again, but this time the profs were my friends and, weirdly enough, my housemates(boat mates). It wasn't all science as one might expect . We laughed, shared stories of our lives, families, ventured into politics and played games ..... We all had a role and common goal in understanding how the Gulf of Alaska functions.... these guys look at this ocean as a living and breathing entity, alive in every sense of the word.