Blog Posts Tagged "Expedition 341 S. Alaska"

Greetings from NZ

Kia ora

Where I live in New Zealand that is the Maori way of saying hello.  I could do the haka (any rugby fans here?) for you but we would need a video for that.  The haka is more of a challenge to threaten opponents in warfare but we are all friends here!

Two flightless Kiwi

Two flightless Kiwi, Chris Moy from Otago University and I, will be following the bar-tailed godwit (kuaka), one of New Zealand’s native birds to Alaska at the end of May.   While we must fly in a plane for over 12 hours, the godwit that is best known for being able to fly 12,000 kilometres in eight days will complete the journey unaided.

We're underway!

The excitement has been building all morning while we have been waiting to get underway! At noon we started to get underway with two tug boats assisting the ship and the local pilot on board assisting the captain.

All hands on deck!

This morning after seven short and one long blasts of the alarm bell we practiced a life boat drill. Everyone went to their assigned lifeboats with their emergency gear- life jacket, hardhat, safety glasses and warm clothing. We had to carry our immersion suit with us for practice but didn't have to put it on today.

What a life saver!

Look what we found creeping around the ship yesterday- a stow-away! Mrs Rat must have come on board after smelling the delicious aromas coming out of the kitchen. The food here is awesome!

Rats are always hungry. She might have been looking for a small cookie to feed her family back in port at Victoria and crept up the gangplank, but now she is captured on the ship for two months.

Arriving at our first site in a few hours!

Today is our 5th day at sea and I’m finally starting to get my sea legs. The true test of balance at sea is running on a treadmill when the ship is going through swells. Swells are rhythmic long-wavelength waves in the middle of the ocean, which feel like a mom rocking her baby to sleep (in this case a big, giant ship baby).

Communications smorgasbord

Scientists on the JR come from many countries around the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, India, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, UK, and USA. With so many cultures and languages on board the common language used is English and some of the scientists speak several languages. If English doesn’t work well with an explanation perhaps German will be used instead.

I smell a...

Victoria, Mrs. Rat, has been sneaking around the ship and she found this!  What do you think it is?  It has something to do with her location…

Real-time Science

The first core arrived on deck yesterday at approximately 3:40 am (AKDT), and the catwalk was filled with scientists, technicians, and drillers to welcome the first core on board. We are now officially coring at IODP sampling site U1417A, and we should be moving on to the second hole at this site later today!

A working holiday

One of the benefits of living on the JR is that all our meals are prepared for us! Imagine not having to come home from a hard days work and cook a meal…for two months! It is bliss!

And they are not ordinary meals that you get in cafeterias or large institutions either. We are in heaven with all the delicious, specially prepared meals. This plate of salmon carpaccio says it all!