July 28, 2006
The purpose of the diving that the dive team did yesterday was to measure biomass at each site. They didn't bring any new samples in. This is okay because Susan is still identifying specimens from Thursday's dive. I make labels for Susan's specimens. Brenda and Katrin have finished sorting all the specimens for Susan, and the dive team hopes to get out today to collect more specimens. However, the weather is not cooperating. The wind is blowing and there are white caps on the ocean.
Last night, the aquarium was finished. It looks great. Everyone is stopping by to see what "critters" are found on the ocean bottom. However, it's too warm. The temperature outside is in the fifties. The temperature in the aquarium is rising quickly. Ken asks me to make some sea water ice: mainly, just filling Ziploc Baggies with seawater and putting them in the freezer.
Next Ken gives me the data that was collected on the biomass dives. I copy them into the logbook.
The aquarium is warming up way too fast. It can't wait for the seawater to freeze. I fill Ziploc bags from the ice machine to cool down the tank. The animals become much more active when the water is cold. There is such a big interest in the aquarium I make labels for all the different species in the tank. The ice in the tank has melted, I go get more. I will repeat this several times before bedtime.