10/22/05 - Paper work
In the lounge area of the ship there is a white board where information about the day’s dive is posted. It includes the names of the pilots, the names of the scientists, the launch time, and dive number. This morning there was a W.O.W (Waiting On Weather) under the launch time. The seas picked up a little bit during the night and it was too rough to launch the sub immediately. We decided to steam to the south to our next location in hopes of finding calmer seas. While we were underway the science team took the opportunity to catch up with our work.
Every time we dive we take small tape recorders and record all of our observations throughout the dive. Ideally, we give the time and depth every 5–10 minutes and describe not only what we are doing in the sub, such as collecting a specimen, but also what we notice about the habitat ("this looks like 40% live Lophelia with lots of rubble and a few fish"). When we return to the surface, we listen to the tapes and write down all of our observations. We hate to admit it, but sometimes our comments are more along the lines of "Wow! Did you see that!" and we can't remember what caught our attention.
Everywhere you looked this morning there were people sitting with headphones and laptops listening to themselves. Most of us don't like to do it when there is so much else going on. But it is a great way to relive the dive, and sometimes the comments you make turn into ideas for future studies or ways to modify the traps to make them better.
We made it to our new site in time for the afternoon dive. It was a training dive for one of the new sub pilots. During the training dive, we still have a scientist in the stern, but a certified sub pilot sits up front with the pilot-in-training. This evening Barb Lupinski was in the stern for her first dive. Even while training, the sub’s crew tries to follow our science objectives for the dive and return with specimens that we want. The afternoon dive crew arrived after sunset this evening and had buckets filled with some of our target species including Lophelia, starfish, and a huge Chaceon crab.
Tonight we are going to nightlight for several hours and then run transects to prepare for tomorrow's dive. We anticipate getting two dives in before steaming to Charleston, South Carolina to avoid Hurricane Wilma. We will stay in Charleston until the storm has passed.
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