Sunday, November 18, 2012

R/V Melville Day 9

Day 9: Question of the day


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What is your daily schedule like? How many marine animals have you seen? How fast does the ship travel? -Edith Rosas

When do you drop the machine in the water? what does it do? -Steve Garret

What is the temperature out there and in the ocean? Have you started the Styrofoam cup experiment? -Lupe Rangel

-My daily schedule consist of waking up at about 1 pm, doing a quick workout, shower and get ready, then i will head up to the main lab, prepare my station, and go get breakfast. After that i will work, help out where i can, and start my daily blog. Then dinner time! and after at about 1830 (6:30) we have a science chat in the main lab. After our chat i will go to my room, change into my rain or work gear, and head back up. At 8:00 pm my shift starts and we perform CDT casting. My shift ends at 4:00 am and i am in bed at around 5:00 am. resting up to do it all over again. 
-I have seen a ton of marine animals, everything from bait fish to whales!! Some of the more memorable ones would have to be the HUGE sperm and blue whales, the sun fish, sea lions,  Humboldt squid, jellyfish, and probably most memorable the pod of hundreds of pacific white side dolphins!
-The ship has a max speed of about 12 knots ( nautical miles)
- The instrument is in the water 24 hours a day unless we are changing locations. 
-The Instrument measures Conductivity, temperature, and Depth which gives us data on the salinity, and density of the water column. 
-The air temperature is 68 degrees (F) and the water temp at the surface is 57 degrees (F) but there is a strong 30+ knot wind that makes the air feel extremely colder then i actually is.  
-We have not started the styrofoam cup experiment yet, we are waiting to get into deeper water so that it will have a greater effect on the cups 

The Scientist enjoying the sunset

Captain Dave and chief engineer Alex grilling up some delicious steaks for sunday steak dinner

Vanessa Crandell operating the air tugger

Chief scientist Amy Waterhouse and a ADCP float

Myself caught in action

Preparing to deploy the mooring anchor

Chief scientist Amy Waterhouse and scientist Jonathan Nash applying temperature loggers to the mooring line

Bright sunset over the pacific

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