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Day 5: Question of the day?
1) Are you worried about a heavy storm ever putting your safety at risk? Does the work you do require a lot of difficult machinery? -Manuel Lara
2) How is the weather at the moment? Have you eaten yet? What are your plans for today? -Ashley Laviengvong
- I am not fearful of a heavy storm putting my safety at risk. The ship is a dynamic positioning ship roughly 279 feet long i feel even with significant wave heights of 5+ meters we will all be safe and free from harm.
-The work does require elaborate and difficult machinery we are currently using a vast array of winches, air tuggers, "A" frames, and pulleys to safely and precisely get all the required instruments into the water as efficiently as possible to maximize sea time.
-The Weather at the moment is comfortable it is about 66.3 degrees F and sunny.
-I have eaten, i slept in through breakfast to adjust to my watch hours but for lunch (my breakfast) i had a cold cut sub, a small salad, mac and cheese and house made potato chips.
-The plan for today is to get the last mooring (this one located on the Mendocino Ridge) in the water and to begin casting CTDs and prep the deck for the incoming storm. All plans were accomplished.
*Manuel, acoustic releases attach at the base of the mooring right above the anchor and use sound (PINGs) to communicate. On board we can send down commands using a transducer that will either activate, release, or disarm them. These pings will also help us locate the moorings faster.
The deep blue sea
The scientist and deck boss performing a last minute run through of the game plan
Elizabeth Bunin attaching chain to a long range ADCP float
The birthday girl Vanessa Crandell ready for action
Res tech and Deck boss Josh Manger launching acoustic releases and glass floats
Chief scientist Ruth Musgrave enjoying the view
Vanessa Crandell-Beck and Julie Alverez
Chief scientist Amy Waterhouse and scientist Jonathan Nash attaching T loggers (temperature sensors) to the mooring cable
Scientist Paul Chun attaching glass floats to acoustic release chain
Mooring anchor being lowered overboard