After delaying our departure for just over half a day to await vital parts for the science gear, we finally left Pascagoula. We saw lots of pelicans, dolphins and other sea critters, as well as several terns that were diving for fish all around the ship.
On this trip, one of the main projects is collecting sediment cores. We spent much of our transit out to sea setting up the corer. We stopped at a shallow test site and dropped it over the side a few times in order to train the crew in deploying it and the science team in the proper procedures for collecting and documenting the samples. We also brought a camera towing device designed to take pictures deep in the water, and we tested that out as well. We finished up a long and busy first day with fire and emergency drills.
Stay tuned – we’ll go into greater detail about how sediment sampling works, and introduce you to members of the science team and the crew.