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Sun, sea and some science: High tech ocean monitoring buoys launched on Day 9

David McLeod blogs from the RV Southern Surveyor on Day 9.

Sunday 21 August 2011, 22:27hrs

Well I assume breakfast still occurred although after not retiring to bed til after 4am most of the science crew caught up on lost sleep for most of the morning. All except Mailie who apparently stayed up until breakfast time sorting out samples collected the night before. A+ for Maillie.

It was almost a shame to sleep the morning away because the sun was out and it was a glorious day to be at sea.  The CTD deck was ‘standing room only’ as people put up their feet and devoured their texts including Blaise ‘I hate Richard Dawkins’ Blatter. I even thought Seb might have got a bit of ‘colour’ on those pins.

Limited science work was to occur today; the CPR continuous to do its thing behind the boat and more neuston nets will occur after dinner.

Of note was the deployment of two argo floats designed to float in the currents for 4-5 years sending back data before self-destructing and sinking to the ocean floor. They require some pre-programming then simply need to be thrown over the side. Having missed the first deployment at around 0700hrs, I was keen for front row seats for the second deployment. After being given the ok, Big Trev straddled the 30kg float and heroically launched it high into the air. Success. He stood and received rapturous applause. Nice one Trev.

Julie, the plastic hunter, came across some much unexpected plastic in the neuston net tows this evening – two soft plastic lures. I smell a rat. She is still unsure about what to think of this incident, it’s safe to assume that they were placed in the likely path of the net by a certain someone. I cannot say for sure who the culprit is, but I have my suspicions.

Following the neuston nets we all gathered to watch Seb feed and were amazed to see him create a spider using Macadamia nut icecream and Lift. Hmmm.

To finish the day just for something different we decided to watch a movie or two. Alien vs Predator (crap) and The Hills have Eyes (a very gory but clever movie). Maillie’s eyes were certainly opened by the latter, before she swiftly exited the room spouting something like ‘You guys are sick, how can you find this entertaining?’. Some just don’t understand. Til tomorrow … Over and Out.


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