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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

July 30, 2004

I called Randy, mom, and Bob from the ship. As I was talking to Bob the landlines were pulled and I had to go to the computer to tell him what happened. Unfortunately what we send by computer arrives a day later to the people we send it to. I just hope he wasn't worried.

As we headed out to sea in the fog, the captain from leg 1 and some of the crewmembers left the ship and waved good-bye from the pier. Fog and calm seas soon gave way to diamonds on the ocean. ). Beaufort 1-2, temperature around 40°F.

Photo: Protected Resources Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, California.

Allen one of the scientists came out and showed me how to work the digital camera with the 400x lens. It was fun taking some pictures with such a fantastic camera. As I went up to the fly bridge, humpbacks were immediately spotted and I began using the big binoculars. As we were doing this, the ships alarm rang. It was an abandon ship drill. I ran down to get my equipment, which, was under my bunk bed. I then carried the two heavy bags up to the main deck. All this time indoors I was wearing very warm clothes. By the time I needed to put this gumpy suit on, I was feeling faint. No one warned us to not wear a lot of layered clothes under this extremely warm "survival" suit. They almost had to save me when I got too hot. For the first time I started to feel the rock of the boat.

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