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Journals 2004/2005

Linda Hoffman
Palms Middle School, West Los Angeles, California

"Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance,
and Status of Humpback whales (SPLASH)"

NOAA Ship McArthur
July 28 - August 28, 2004
Journal Index:
July 28 - 29 - 30 - 31
August 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11

          12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19

          21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28

August 21, 2004

Night and Morning storm. The waves were up to 10-12 ft. high. It is definitely a roller-coaster ride as I try to walk straight down the hallway to the lunchroom. I find that only a few of us are doing well this morning. I take some great video pictures of the waves splashing against the porthole window. Several of the scientists are relaxing with Beth in the television room on her large pillow. That would have been a great shot but I didn't want to disturb their relaxation. No one is going outside the ship in this storm though I did sneak out for a few video pictures of the waves rolling over the bow of the ship.

The ship finally finds shelter in a safe natural harbor and we anchor off of Kisnik, just before entering Russian waters. We are not able to make landfall, so we just hang around the ship. I do some more fluke identification until I start to get cross-eyed, and then I join the rest of the crew and scientists in the television room. It's really odd to watch a television show like The Day after Tomorrow, when the ship is rocking so strongly.

That night around 11:30 I go up to the bridge. Inside the bridge there is a red glow illuminating from the darken ship. It is very pretty. I was hoping I would see the northern lights but unfortunately the sky was overcast again. In twenty-one days, I think we only saw the sun shine twice out on the open Bering Sea.

The radar screen is large and pinpointing our location surrounded by a yellow or orange color. Steve, one of the navigators, tells me that the colors are the geographical land around us. The yellow is the low land and the orange is the higher land. It amazes me how calm these natural harbors are when just on the other side of this harbor surrounded by small mountains is a raging storm.

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