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Journals 2007/2008

Kimberly Pratt
Alvarado Elementary School, Union City, California

"Atlantic Northeast Shelf Ecosystem Monitoring Project
NOAA, R/V Delaware II
August 15 - 29, 2007
Journal Index:
August 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22
           23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29


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August 28, 2007

August 28, 2007 Last day on Open Sea

Latitude: 42° 31.16' N
Longitude: 70° 11.05' W
Sea Depth: 76.7
Wind Speed: .006 kts
Sea Temp: 19.4
Time: 1320

This is our last day out in the open sea. We have had fabulous weather! The crew have commented that this is unusual for the North Atlantic and we are not complaining. Because the weather has been so nice we are seeing great signs of wildlife. First of all we have been spotting basking sharks that hang out on the surface. Basking sharks eat by filter feeding plankton with their large gills. Next, we have seen mola mola fish. They are really big and like the basking sharks, stay at the surface eating jellyfish. Today we have spotted more humpback whales and one surfaced very close to the ship. Later this evening, the Boston skyline will come into view, and we will be traveling through the canal on our way back to Woods Hole. I have been busy working on the last pod cast, answering e-mail, writing journals and supporting the scientists collecting plankton. Tomorrow we port in and get on dry land again.

Calm seas
Boston skyline