July 31, 2007
As I review my previous entries, I realize that I have not provided information on the ship. It is the B.I.O. Hesperides, was built by Spain in 1991 and is 82.5 meters in length. It has been to Antarctica for many expeditions, some of which the scientists on board have attended. I was even told a story from Jose Luis and Toni that they experienced the worst seas in the Drake Passage with wave heights of approximately 9 meters - Yikes! It made me feel silly that I thought the 2 meter seas we were experiencing were difficult!
We continue to log our information gathered on the multibeam and the CHIRP sonar. Our location is 75°10.81'N and 15°12.18'E and speed is 8 knots. The depth currently is 435m. We enter the 5th leg of the pass. This means that we are zigzagging along the continental slope to collect data in the same area and we are on the 5th pass of this plan. The result will be a complete picture of the sea floor, which will allow the scientists to choose the best spot for the core samples.
Today was also Jaume's birthday or cumpleaños and we celebrated with a party after dinner. Jaume is on my shift and entertains us with his music each shift while we work - it makes the time pass much more quickly, and I love learning about some of the famous Spanish musicians. We also had a fabulous ice cream cake with caramel on top -what a treat (un placer)! It was delicioso! You can see I am working on my Spanish daily - everyone has been very accommodating with my lessons and I am thankful for my dictionary (Good idea Stephany)!