Since pushing off the dock at Seward around 13:00 yesterday, we’ve been transiting at 10-11.5 knots towards station 201, which we should reach around 3-4 a.m. tonight. During the transit, we’ve been getting our sea legs as the ship rolls and pitches in the moderate sea swell, eating tasty food that galley cooks Mark I and Mark II have been treating us to, and getting ourselves organized and prepared for the on-rush of deck work that will begin soon. Below are some photos from yesterday and today. Scroll to the end to get so see the bonus video of Dall’s porpoises!
Here are some photos from yesterday showing the RV Sikuliaq and some of our science team preparing equipment. Right before leaving the ship for dinner in town, we were treated to a mother and baby humpback whale swimming around right next to the ship. Today we have some safety meetings in the morning and then will depart for sea sometime around lunch time.
We’ve all arrived in Seward, Alaska, and boarded the RV Sikuliaq today. We need to prepare the OBEM receivers, set up the lab, terminate the deep-tow cable and make other preparations before the ship pushes off the dock tomorrow. The map below shows our four planned controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM and magnetotelluric (MT) survey profiles and some of the other past, present and upcoming geophysical surveys in this region.