May 11, 2009
And we are off again in search of more Antarctic fishes. The ship pulled from the dock around 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. we stopped near the entrance to the Neumayer Channel to pick up the fish pots that were set the day before on the whale tag team's way back to Palmer Station. These pots were set on the bottom at 500 meters - so there was a lot of line to recoil as they were brought in. Fortunately, everyone pitched in and we took care of it in no time. Unfortunately, the pots were essentially empty. Bummer. We motored on to our fishing grounds in Dallmann Bay and had another beautiful trip through the Neumayer Channel. The cliffs extend straight into the water and electric blue icebergs floated past us. At 3 p.m., Lisa led Kristin, Yiwu, and I in Pilates. With the rocking of the ship, it got increasingly challenging! It was great to get in a workout before starting our Midnight to Noon shift for trawling. We reached Dallmann Bay at 6 p.m. and Jody and Bruce started out the trawling. Meanwhile, Kristin, Lisa and I headed off to our bunks for some shuteye. At about 8 p.m., the ship really got some roll on and I could not seem to get much sleep. I set my alarm for 11 p.m. and tried to at least get some rest!