August 22, 2007
Latitude: 41° 16.60' N
Greetings! Slept in this morning! Today, headed back out to sea. Our destination will be George's Bank and the Gulf of Maine This is whale country and we have seen several spouts! At approximately 1300 we sampled and mainly caught amphipods. Amphipods, which live in the shallower waters, filled our nets and they hung on for dear life when we tried to wash them out. They were very stubborn! We were able to do 2 stations before our 6 1/2 hour steam farther out to sea. While we were waiting I had a chance to talk to Patrick Bergin, Chief Electronics Technician on the Delaware II. Patrick, who attended Daytona Beach Community College has a work background from NASA/Lockheed and has spent the majority of his time with NOAA on the Delaware II. While he maintains a residence in Virginia Beach, he currently calls this ship his home. He has, however, done a test run on NOAA's newest ship in the fleet the Henry B. Bigelow. The best thing he likes about his position is troubleshooting problems and being in charge of his daily tasks. The only drawback to being Chief Electronics Technician is often too long at sea and occasionally seasickness. Patrick, who started playing with electronics at the age of 5, recommends to anyone who has an interest in the electronics field, to just follow that interest.