I think it becomes easy when we are going through the routines of our daily lives to begin to overlook the fascinating world around us or maybe take it for granted. Out here, in between meals, that is all there is…time to be wrapped in the amazing that exists in our oceans. Everything becomes exciting because it is all so new and challenging. No matter how good you become at the science, science will throw you a curveball and the ocean, well, she has perfected all that is changing the game.
Speaking of change, the North Atlantic has finally reminded us of where we are. We were able to get in a few hours of work, at station three, before the wind and waves forced us to secure the deck and ourselves inside. The good news—the winds are now pushing us along to station 4. We should arrive around ten this evening.
Otherwise, we have had a relatively easy go of it. Yesterday, was a bit like Christmas morning. We all got to play with our “toys” from science equipment to journalism tools. I brought out my drone and just like the good big brother he has become over the past few years, Peter Gaube, stole it before I had a chance to use it. We had been trying for five days to circumvent the incredible technology that DJI has packed into the Mavic Air. The thing is it is too smart to calibrate never mind fly on the ship in the middle of the Atlantic. Good thing I am here with some brilliant people. After some time, we worked our way through it. The resulting footage is breathtaking and will help us share our story.
At night, I was able to use a microscope to look closely at some of the creatures that are being collected. How can you not stare in wonder at these little guys with some impressive teeth? (pic below) I have never thought twice about a Viper Fish before this day—because I have never looked closely enough.
What a gift to dive beneath the surface where all real things exist.
A viper fish as seen under a microscope.
Thanks to Peter Gaube for getting our drone in the air.
A cruise tradition-- the result of sending cups to 3000 meters with the CTD. They begin to shrink at about 1000 meters.