I’ve been quiet on the blog for a few days, mainly because we’ve been busy and because I was feeling like I was running out of things to write about. I’ve started two blog posts but haven’t completed them, but suddenly there seems to be something to say. At the end of most cruises this summer I’ve returned home and sat on my couch to write a quick sum up of what we’ve done. Right now I’m at home digesting the last 24 hours, because you see, we were scheduled to be doing net tows right now, with our MOCNESS, Tucker Trawl, and Mid-Water trawl to sample for zooplankton, jellyfish, and fish. Unfortunately the ship lost one of it’s drives, and we were forced to return to the dock for safety reasons. It happened when we were about to weigh anchor and begin the trawling and towing, but the drive would not come on. The captain and chief engineer spend about 3-4 hours finding, diagnosing, and trying to repair the down system, but alas you can’t carry a spare for everything and it appeared that a transformer deep in the belly of the ship blew out – very unexpected and completely unpredictable. Coming home, though painful from a science perspective was prudent and wise. The most unsettling part is that we just kind of packed up with no sense of completion; people were standing by, literally ready to deploy the nets as soon as they got the go-ahead. Oh well, these things happen, and there is really nothing to do about it. Plus it’s been a long, data-rich summer so it is not like we don’t have plenty to do. In my newly found day at home I’ll be finishing up a few more blog posts that will go up later this week, just to finish off this summer of cruising. And of course, it’s never too early to get ready for next year’s field season – 3 trips on the RV Sharp in May, July, and September to sort out the story of plankton, hypoxia, and the rest of the food web. Stay tuned!
Life in the Dead Zone Posts
- RT @loraharris: Until next time. We leave capable students chronicling feedbacks, tropho-dynamics, biogeochemistry, and bioluminescence. @p… 2 days ago
- Centro Totuga students gave spectacular presentations on lagoon chemistry, mangroves, plankton, and fish! @UMCES… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 days ago
- Zooplankton investigators for Centro Tortuga, patiently waiting to present. @UMCES @MDSeaGrant https://t.co/o4j9uhcAn8 4 days ago
- Centro Tortuga students ready to present at U Turabo! @UMCES @loraharris @PMMR @MDSeaGrant @NSF_GEO https://t.co/PaJ7Cfeckp 4 days ago
- RT @loraharris: We asked them to stop science-ing 10 min ago but they just won't stop! Success! @PMMR @MDSeaGrant @UMCES @NSF_GEO https://t… 4 days ago