Day 3 - Senior Nootka Sound Research Cruise, 2015

UW Oceanography Senior Research Cruise, 2015

The morning watch also got to witness the first views of Nootka Sound, peaking through as the sun rose. The scenery is beautiful!

Watch 1

We have now entered the calmer waters of Nootka Sound and the seasickness has passed. The morning watch has been busy, with four stations done in the first four hours, doing various net tows and CTD casts. The morning watch also got to witness the first views of Nootka Sound, peaking through as the sun rose. The scenery is beautiful! There are majestic tree covered mountains, with slight fog covering them, that rise above the Sound. Once we explore this wonderful place more I think the seasickness will have been worth it.

We just got on station to deploy the smaller boat, the Weelander, today is the first day we are able to take it out, so everybody is excited. Mild weather, sprinkles, clouds, and wind, should make the day enjoyable. We’re looking forward to an amazing day aboard the Weelander and getting to explore even more. – Carissa

Watch 2

It is now 15:30, and there has been a steady rain through most of the afternoon. That hasn’t stopped us, though, from casting the CTD and deploying the ADCP moorings in Muchalat! It sounds like a wrench may be thrown into our schedule because the Thompson’s fresh water supply has been inexplicably depleted – it will take some time back out in open ocean to find clean enough water worth desalinating.

The rest of the day has been spent hitting as many stations as possible; taking plankton tows and CTD casts, with the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack to get us through the monotonous data entries. Of course a few breaks were taken between stations for a quick game of ping pong! Daniel – 1, Cory – 0. We only had one hiccup during sampling when our CTD depth was underestimated and hit the mud… not what you want to happen to an expensive piece of equipment which also takes lots of time to clean out and fix. The food is still delicious as usual – lamb chops or crusted cod fillets! – Cory & Daniel

 

Watch 3

Well, since it is December, our watch felt that a holiday carol was more than appropriate to describe our current situation.

  • On the first day of cruising my instructors gave to me…
  • One senior thesis
  • Two tag lines
  • Three gourmet meals
  • Four hours of sleep
  • Five CTDs
  • Six warm layers
  • Seven soggy seniors
  • Eight hour watches
  • Nine changed projects
  • Ten days at sea
  • Eleven cups of coffee
  • Twelve puking students

-Erica and night watch buddies

The morning watch also got to witness the first views of Nootka Sound, peaking through as the sun rose. The scenery is beautiful!