Blog Posts Tagged "wildlife"
Today was a milestone for several reasons. Not only is it the middle of the cruise time wise, it is also the middle of the cruise drilling wise. We just finished the second of three holes at the third of a 5-site leg.
Blog 04-20-09: Last night was one of those magic moments in the NOW on the JOIDES that seems to make all hard labor, frustrations and setbacks on a pioneering sea voyage like this worthwhile: The ocean presented us with a great spectaculum -- as we barely have a chance to see it twice in our life time as "Land Rats."
This has been my first cruise in 6 years and this one comes after a major refit of the ship in Singapore so I thought I would take a look at one or two of the changes that have been made.
Dear Earth Scientists in Training,
AND NOW FOR SOME REALLY COOL PICTURES OF SOME OF THE ANIMALS WE’VE SEEN OUT HERE!
ALTHOUGH WE ARE FAR OUT IN THE OCEAN, WE SOMETIMES SEE BIRDS - SEA BIRDS! AT NIGHTTIME, WE HAVE LIGHTS ON THE SHIP, SO SOMETIMES THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO THE SHIP. ALSO, SINCE WE ARE THE ONLY THING THAT ISN’T WATER, SOMETIMES BIRDS LAND ON THE SHIP TO REST.
I HAD TO SHOW YOU A PICTURE THAT LISA TOOK OF ME WITH THE RED-TAILED TROPIC BIRD. AFTER COLLEGE, I WORKED WITH A BIRD BIOLOGIST ON MIDWAY ISLAND WHICH IS NORTHWEST OF HAWAII.
June 2nd, 2009
The ocean is a very big place. There are many fish and sharks out here hundreds of miles from land.
Each day goes by so fast--I never thought I could focus on one thing all day, every day, but none of this seems boring. Our instructors are amazing, which probably helps. And we take plenty of time to go outside and look at the water stretching out endlessly in every direction.
We arrived at the Umnak Plateau this afternoon and are anxiously awaiting the first core. As one of eight sedimentologists on this leg, I know that I am about to become unbelievably busy, and this free moment feels like the quiet before the storm. We will work as 2 teams to describe every single section of every single core
Nearing Wellington now. I work in the geochemistry/microbiology lab. We have been making good progress calibrating the instruments ready for analysis of the sediments we drill. It is a great lab to work in, very well equipped.