July 30, 2004
I spent the morning with Lisa in the office collecting the USGS supplies for the classroom presentations for the fall. I copied a couple of last minute papers and Erica processed some of the oceanography data into a form I can use with my students. The raw data will work for plotting graphs for salinity, temperature and density for stations across the bay.
Also, I had to pack up my gear and check to see that photos got to the right biologists at housing. Over the radio, news of a dead humpback washing ashore was the talk of Glacier Bay. Park rangers kept people away from the whale carcass until the necropsy could be performed. Some of the biologists at housing saw it, and said there was no outward signs of trauma. (I never did hear what was the suspected cause of death.) I was sorry to leave without seeing the necropsy - an opportunity missed.
It was sad to say goodbye to Lisa and Erica. My experience was incredible. I learned new skills, made new friends, and have a giant spot for Glacier Bay permanently in my heart.
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