August 3, 2006
While I was squid fishing during the morning CTD launch a 20 pound squid kept hanging around my lure. I fished and jigged hard but could not get him to take the lure. Boy, did I want to get him; he won, fed a little and then disappeared.
A slow day on the flying bridge, I can talk and get to know each scientist better in this down time. Friendships are made in times like these and I almost welcome these times as much as being busy. Studying marine mammals is not as much fun as watching and studying human animals. I did enjoy my time on the flying bridge today. The scientists have to talk to you because they are working and I am just kind of hanging out. I really like these people.
Watching the flying fish get kicked up from the ship is interesting to see. The fish actually fly around 50 yards before landing. We spotted a killer whale at sundown, they are beautiful animals.
While doing our nightly squid fishing a 6 foot tunicate came to the surface. It was a strange blob floating, I had to go and look it up in the library just to see what it really looked like. Tomorrow we are headed back toward shore, this means more animals.