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Sailors take fright

Posted by: | September 6, 2010 | No Comment |

I guess that is the answer. Severe pounding last night with high seas. Tropical storm Hermine has formed and it looks like tropical storm winds with 7 – 11  feetseas are forecast in parts of the Gulf. We are steaming to our next station. Our sister ship decided at 0730 to head home, seas too rough. It remains to be seen if it is too dangerous to deploy our gear at the next station in about an hour.

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5 September

Posted by: | September 6, 2010 | No Comment |

It is 2000 on Sunday, September 5, 2010

We are beginning to close in on the end of the cruise although it is still two days away, plus a half day to pack up. We need to eliminate one of the transects because we are running a little behind schedule since we have had to collect our data at a ship speed of 4.5 knots rather than 5.0 knots. It does add up when we are running for days. All of the instruments are now working again and the weather has calmed since we are closer to shore now.

During the mid day, we had the worst weather when we had to deploy the gear. Heavy seas and extreme heavy rain. Everyone got soaked from the rain and from the seas washing over the deck and our feet.

We are seeing a lot of correspondence between the physical and biological data and areas of low hypoxia. We expect to have an excellent set of data. Reports from the second ship sound like they are getting a lot of fish now and then, but sometimes not catching anything. This is expected in certain areas.

It was a beautiful and cool night on the deck tonight with another great sunset. The waves are still significant with occasional whitecaps and occasional spotting of porpoise. We are all crossing our fingers in the hopes of calming sees.  Red sky at night…does that mean ‘sailors delight’? or ‘sailors take fright’? I guess we’ll know tomorrow.

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We are in a tropical depression with a 60% chance of this turning into a cyclone within the next 48 hours.

Follow the NOAA report:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml

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Rough seas

Posted by: | September 5, 2010 | No Comment |

O.K., it does get rough out here. We have been getting slammed all morning with an occasional downpour of rain. the rough seas just make everything (including just standing or walking) much, much harder and instruments start breaking down. The Optical plankton counter is now broken and is being taken apart.

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Oil Rigs

Posted by: | September 5, 2010 | No Comment |

Here are photos of some of the many oil rigs that we passed

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Half-way

Posted by: | September 5, 2010 | No Comment |

Yesterday afternoon we passed the half-way point. Things are still going relatively smoothly although rough weather late last night and early this morning is causing difficulties with bubbles of the fish acoustics system. Waves are scheduled to dissipate later today. We are relatively close to where the oil spill was.

We did get satellite TV last night and all watched much of the heartbreaking OSU game. Fantastic effort!

Sunset September 4

Sunrise September 5

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A few more photos

Posted by: | September 4, 2010 | No Comment |

Examining Fish Distributions

Rob collecting samples

Dinorah collecting microbe samples

The galley

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Major Hypoxia

Posted by: | September 4, 2010 | No Comment |

We have seem some very strong hypoxic areas (areas with very low oxygen) especially at the bottom but also in layers above the bottom.  The acoustic scattering from fishes are tightly correlated with these areas. The data we are getting is excellent.

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Video of Acoustics Towbody

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Last Nights Sunset

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