December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve is here! Several crew members and scientist will be exchanging gifts this evening. The cook, Jay, has been preparing Christmas food items for 2 days. Coring is underway on deck. Everyone has something they should be doing. I guess I need to get to work. Core samples continue to be processed and data collected. Several test results are being examined for accuracy and, if needed, methods modified to improve results. I noticed that I have learned to balance myself (rocking ship) and make precise lab measurements at the same time. It took a couple of days before I could do this with ease. Still awaiting the sighting of any life other then a few sea birds and an occasional flying fish. The South Pacific Gyre is considered a desert in the sea. There is little photosynthesis activity (plant life) and what one would consider normal seacoast activity is not seen here. I continue to hope that whale or dolphin will appear. The marine mammalogists on board advised both were out here but hard to spot.