We broke off our operations around midnight and headed to port. We made all our preparations to enter port, and arrived at the channel entrance around 7:30 am. It was an early start, but nobody seemed to mind, since it meant we were almost home!
The dolphins found us again, along with lots of other creatures. We encountered numerous large jellyfish, lots of pelicans, and even a little crab swimming at the surface of the water.
Next thing we knew, we were at the pier and the mooring lines were going over. Now began the work of offloading the samples to be shipped to the lab, along with lots of gear, belonging to both the scientists and the ship.
Although it’s great to be back on land, the NOAA crew and the scientists from Texas A&M University and the University of California at Santa Barbara are thankful for the opportunity to sail on this expedition. We worked hard, but we had a great crew and had a wonderful experience.
We hope you enjoyed reading our mission log as much as we enjoyed writing it. Stay tuned for future missions, onboard the Pisces as well as the other ships from the federal response that will be searching for subsurface oil.