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Journals 2006/2007

Mark Harris
Layton High School, Layton, UT

"Stenella Abundance Research Project (STAR)"
July 23, 2006 - August 14, 2006
Journal Index:
July 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29
       30 - 31
August 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9
           10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

Additional Resources

July 29, 2006
At Sea

Lindsey, Iliana, and I fire drill training

We set sail at 11:00 am with everyone waving good-bye from the dock. As I watched Lisa Balance, the chief scientist, wave good-bye to her husband Bob Pitman, the cruise leader, it is heart warming to see the love and admiration both have for each other. I think deep down, as a married couple they really do like each other.

Fire drills, abandon ship, and man overboard drills were all part of getting underway. I spent most of my time helping fix the big eyes, binoculars that can see up to 6 miles. A relay switch was broken and we traced the problem and fixed the bad relay. I actually felt that I am a contributing member instead of just bumping around.

As we left San Diego a group of common dolphins began bow riding. The ship creates a pressure wave and friendly dolphins love surfing the wave. These dolphins are incredible athletes, they are smooth and agile and very fun to watch.

As the sun was setting Joao, a crew member, explained as the sun sets into the ocean right before it disappears a green flash is emitted. He told me to watch, and sure enough it probably did happen, the problem however, I am color blind. I didn't tell him, he thought he was showing me a pretty cool phenomenon.

Candice Hall, the oceanographer and I deployed the CTD capsule (conductivity, temperature, and depth). This unit is dropped 1000 meters into the ocean and the 12 Niskin bottles are fired and closed at pre-determined depths as the unit is brought to the surface. This is a pretty easy job, the unit swings around a little and my job is to keep it from banging around the ship, I just steady the unit as it is dropped and when it comes aboard.