January 13, 2007
Today we are at site 10 (3918.61S, 13948.03W). We arrived late last night and the normal survey began. This morning when I awoke one coring tool was slowly reaching the bottom. The bottom here is in excess of 5000 meters (over 15000 feet) and it takes awhile for the tools to make the full trip down and back. We are anticipating deep cores at this site. The ocean is still rocking. Waves are near 3.5 meters in amplitude and about 30 meters in wavelength so the ship is really bouncing. Today will be spent in the lab processing samples. Whale watchers are out but have not sighted anything today. Yesterday one of the scientist reported seeing a wandering albatross (a very large sea bird that rarely lands other then to breed). The bird is considered good luck to all sailors.