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Journals 2008/2009

Nancy Sills
Creekside School, Cataula, GA

"Assessment of Freshwater Resources Offshore New England and Marine Mammal Observing"
August 12 - 25, 2009
Journal Index:
August 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18
           19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25

August 21, 2009
Just when you thought it was safe...

What a beautiful morning it is! The sun is out and it is warm already. The hurricane is headed toward us but you could never tell by the sky or sea.

The streamer and gun has been working all night and gathering data. The grad students are working on analyzing the data and learning all they can while they can have a one-on-one with their professors.

Nathan hard at work

Jake and Dan working on data

As with most things, just about the time you thought that everything was going well, something caused that to change. That happened this morning. We had the streamer out and the gun firing running along one of our last lines, when the message was passed along that some fishing equipment was tangled in the streamer and we had to pull it in. So we turned off the compressor, stopped the gun, and pulled in the streamer. This takes about an hour and by the time the streamer was pulled in the fishing gear had come off. They decided to take this time to check the sensors. New lines were determined and the streamer was put back out and the gun began firing again.

The plan is for us to complete the last two lines and then head to Narragansett Bay to wait out Hurricane Bill. By Monday we will go back out and either use the sparker or the Electro Magnetic Surveying System if the seas allow. The Electro Magnetic Surveying System is the new equipment from Woods Hole.