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Journals 2009/2010

David Wehunt
Soddy Daisy High School, Soddy Daisy, TN

"Atlantic Northeast Shelf Ecosystem Monitoring Project"
R/V Delaware II
August 16 - August 29, 2009
Journal Index:
August 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22
           23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29

August 24, 2009
Arriving at George's Bank

Latitude: N 41° 15' 83"
Longitude: W 068° 14' 58"

What a night! I'm not sure anyone got much sleep last night as the ship bounced along through the swells. I understand what weightlessness feels like after being separated from my bed repeatedly throughout the night. I listen to things go crash somewhere in the ship all night long as we rolled from side to side in heavy swells. It was an experience.

The swells were still bad when I got up, to the point that I helped the night watch with a station before 6 and they stayed to help with a station after 6. The swells calmed down by 10 am just in time for a fog bank to develop and we spent much of the day with fog around us and sunlight and blue skies above.

I noticed that the water, which is sea water, we use to wash out the plankton nets is cold. The scorching air temperatures of days gone by have also left. We are truly in the NORTH Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream is not the influencing current. The Labrador Current I believe is the current we are experiencing now and it flows from the Arctic Ocean.

With the change in climate has come a change in critters in the plankton net. Instead of the little jelly creatures clogging the nets we have a new and more difficult creature with which to contend. These are little arthropods whose name I did not get but are lovingly referred to as "Clingon." Not because they look like Star Trek people but because of their ability to cling on to the plankton net. It takes forever to wash them out into the sieve for collection.

Well, I am ending here and going to bed. The swells have returned with a vengeance and that combined with the temperature and being wet have conspired to make me ill today and I just need to rest. Until tomorrow.