August 21, 2007
Latitude: 41° 28.99' N
Greetings! A surprise stop over in Woods Hole! Again, up early sampling many, many plankton. One copepod tried to climb out of the sieve, I really felt sorry for the little guy, but alas we need all the samples we can get so off he went into the sampling jar! Stopped sampling today around 1300 (1pm) to head for Woods Hole for a stop over and personnel transfer. Woods Hole is a picturesque little town and is home to the first oceanographic institute - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. It is also home to NOAA North East Fisheries Service and the Marine Biological Laboratories. Walking down Water Street, from the Delaware II, looking to your right, you see big, industrious research vessels, such as the Research Vessel Knorr, and the former research vessel Atlantis II (now a cruise ship!). To your left you will see NOAA's aquarium and Marine Biological Laboratories, where scientists come from all over the world to research and study. Further down the street, you will find popular eateries and pubs, such as Captain Kidd's and Pfusion. Crossing over a drawbridge you will find more eateries and my favorite coffee shop - Coffee Obsession. Up the next street to your left is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Visitor Center and has a great demonstration of their submersible Alvin. It even has a mock Alvin where you can sit in the control module and experience what it is like at deep depths. It was a great evening in Woods Hole, a much needed break off the ship and a chance to stretch our legs. Tomorrow back to the North Atlantic where we will be sailing to George's Bank, and the Gulf of Maine to continue our sampling of plankton.