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February 15, 2015
We Sail for Science!
Anchored in the Bay of Islands
Sunny and warm with calm waters
This was the first full day we sailed underway without anchoring at night. This means that we had full watch rotations with a complete watch group on deck and in the science lab at all times starting with A-watch from 1900 to 2300, followed by B-watch from 2300 to 0300, C-watch from 0300 to 0700, A-watch again from 0700 to 1300, and B-watch from 1300 to 1900.
Our night was filled with plenty of science! Last night began as A-watch spent time stargazing with our watch officers. Because the land of New Zealand was in very distant view, the entire night sky lit up with celestial
bodies. Janet, our lab watch officer, showed us Orion's belt, the Southern Cross, and bright red Jupiter!
At midnight, B-watch towed the Neuston net along the side of the ship to collect surface organisms such as crustaceans, salps, and other zooplankton to aid our student research projects. As the net skimmed the water, the organisms emitted bioluminescence and large patches of bright green color radiated along the surface. Additionally, water samples collected in the early morning provided us with information about the temperature, density, and conductivity at various depths of the ocean column. During class in the afternoon, Sienna, Tyler, and Jess shared their wicked identification skills and told us about common surface crustaceans such as euphausids, shrimp, and mysids (I'm slowly learning Boston lingo).
Throughout the day, we set and struck sails several times to alter our course and speed. We are slowly learning the ropes--both figuratively and literally--in preparation to become Junior Watch Officers in the coming weeks.
Excitingly, we aren't the only ones who think we're cool. Three small boats approached us in the afternoon just to check us out and appreciate the magnificence of the Robert C. Seamans.
Tomorrow we will find our way to Russell harbor in the Bay of Islands where we will meet with Maori leaders and partake in historical and cultural activities. We are all excited and ready to go!
P.S. from Chrissy: Happy Birthday Dad!