Continuing our path to the hydrothermal vents of the Lau Basin
Note: Anyone who wants to see details of the research this cruise is doing, check out laugeomicro2015.blogspot.com!
Jessica and I woke up late. I scrambled out of my top bunk at 9:15 and rushed to get ready, thinking that I was perhaps missing some important meeting in the lab. My first stop was the galley, to fill my mug and get an apple (I had missed breakfast), and to my relief all my supervisors were there. They milled about one of the tables, chatting about our imminent arrival at Mariner, the first vent at which we were to dive.
I breathed a sigh of relief and sat nearby with my apple and my computer, deciding to get some work done as I ate. According to Sean and Jeff, it was to be a lazy sort of day.
The hours passed slowly. I finished my notes and sent them off to my professor, officially completing one course of six. Being on the boat meant that I was missing the last month of my final undergraduate semester, so I unfortunately still had quite a bit of work to do.
1pm rolled around. We had originally planned to meet at Jason and go over the details of the ROV, but Annalouise decided to move the meeting to the next day. Too many people were still ‘getting their sea legs’… in other words, only a few of the scientist crew were up and feeling well enough to work. We hadn’t seen a few people since our departure.
The rest of the day, admittedly, was rather dull. I read a book and watched a movie. I chatted with a few other scientists. I ate dinner. Finally, I went to bed – tomorrow would be busy indeed, as Mariner was only a day’s transit away.