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Journals 2007/2008

Heather Judkins
Seminole High School, Seminole, FL

"Equatorial Pacific Dolphin Abundance Study - R/V McArthur II"
November 3 - 29, 2007
Journal Index:
November 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
               12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17
               19 - 20 - 21 - 23 - 24 - 25
               26 - 27 - 29 - 30

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November 3, 2007
Judkins Journey Begins: Destination- Manzanilla, Mexico

Today I started my journey to the Eastern Tropical Pacific! I left Tampa International Airport at 7:55 am with entirely too much luggage and away I went! I had a layover in Houston, TX and then arrived at my final destination of Manzanilla, Mexico around 1:30 pm.

Upon arrival to the R/V McArthur II, I found my cabin, unpacked, and started meeting various crew and scientists that I would be working with for the next 26 days. We went into downtown Manzanilla for some exploration and dinner.

My cabin is on the main deck and larger than I expected. There are four of us sharing the room and there is a connecting bathroom. I discovered the mess hall, the workout room, and the lounge. It even has a flat screen television!

I think that this trip will be such a great learning experience for me! There are so many different scientists and NOAA staff with various backgrounds that all come together to make the research project successful. I look forward to getting underway tomorrow at 10 am.

Marine Science related questions of the day:

Question 1: As I flew from Houston to Mexico, I looked out my window and saw the following feature. Which type of estuary is this? Coastal plain, bar-built, tectonic, or a fjord? Why?

Question 2: What is the time difference between Florida and Manzanilla, Mexico? (Hint: not what you might expect, I was surprised!)