Oceana Latitude – Another hard working day notched into the belt. After today the Oceana team can check three more moorings off the list. Today started in similar fashion as the last few days, early morning, eat breakfast and hoisted a mooring. What separated today from the others were jellyfish and canyons.
Oceana Latitude -- The Oceana crew has officially become used to the life aquatic. After a hard day yesterday and being on the boat for a little over a week, heavy-eyed heads hit the pillows hard last night. Going to sleep everyone thought they had seen everything.
Wrong, this morning we awoke to yet another surprise--still silence. No waves, no wind and no clouds. The crew began work today under a clear sky. It is the first time in this part of the expedition that the seas have been favorable.
Oceana Latitude – Early morning sunrise and calm seas today! The morning commenced as we dropped the CTD machine in the water at 6:00am. The entire deployment took two hours and then it was off to the next mooring site for strip retrieval.
While in route we heard news of the oil platform explosion off the coast of Louisiana. The “not again” look swept across the entire crew’s faces. As more news came in throughout the day, tensions eased and we felt as if we dodged a bullet.
Oceana Latitude — Rest and recuperation was the theme for today. After five days of exhausting work the Oceana team ventured back out to the Deepwater Horizon mooring sites to continue retrieval.
Due to time restrictions and rough weather, only half the moorings from the originally planned experiment were set. Yet, this is science so things are not always as planned. The zones with the highest level of importance have been covered and other areas of interest will have to wait.
Oceana Latitude—Despite sore muscles and burnt faces reflecting three days of major mooring deployment, the Oceana team was on deck at 6:30 in the morning and ready for more. This morning brought at sense of relief, knowing that today would be the last day of mooring deployment and raised the spirits of all.
Oceana Latitude--morning came fast today, by 6:30am the entire crew was on deck ready to deploy the first mooring. However, instead of a beautiful sunrise the Oceana team began its day to an unnerving thunder and lighting show.
Eight was the lucky number today. The eight man crew successfully deployed eight moorings today. The complete process from preparation of anchors and lines, to deploying the anchor, marking the line, and clipping on test strips went smoothly and efficiently.
The site of the Deepwater Horizon was the focus of the day. The objective was to establish a 10 kilometer diameter of moorings around Deepwater Horizon site. With an average water depth of 1600 meters, the Oceana team knew it would be a long day.
This morning started off with a bang, literately. The hull of the Oceana Latitude was smashing hard through the waves and acted as an early morning alarm clock for the Oceana crew. Awaking to an ocean landscape of a mixture of offshore oilrigs, whitecaps and an unforgiving sky, I thought to myself, this must be the beginning of an exciting day.
Bon Voyage! Today at 11:00am the Oceana Latitude shipped off to sea.
The Latitude and Oceana crew held a strategy meeting to discuss the next seven days and what they will have in store. Pacific Science Director, Dr. Jeff Short explained his science experiment and that the basic approach for evaluating the subsurface oil plumes will be the deployment of an array of moorings with sensor strips every 100 m.
This morning a small expedition on the Oceana Longitude including Oceana’s Soledad Scotto, Carlos Suárez, Fernando Loyola and Gorka Leclercq were sent out to Ship Island to look for signs from the Deep Water Horizon blowout. Although there was too much wind to dive, there was a chance to go ashore.