The Seven Day Mark
We’ve finally hit the week mark for our trip. Seven days on the ocean. It seems as if we’ve been on the Thomas Thompson for much longer than just these seven days. But, the days have merged into one long time period. Sleep is still fragmented into various nap times. But there’s so much to do, see and learn here. The Columbia group has already played games, watched several movies, had some very interesting conversations (at 4 in the morning) as well as monitored this computer-filled ship. We’ve begun to work more so on our video. We’ll begin video recording our interviews with the ship’s crew, the Jason team, and the Lamont scientists tomorrow! So we’ve been prepping for the past couple of days. We want to show the world how fascinating our trip has been and how interesting and fun ocean seismology is. In some ways, the ocean is our last frontier on earth: so much to explore, to study, to learn.
We deployed two TRMs earlier today, the last two of the six we had planned to deposit on the bottom of the ocean floor. The rest of our trip will encompass surveying the Cascadia Region and collecting OBSs that were deposited last year in the region. Everything has run unusually smooth today. We’re currently in transit to our next site, where we will use the Jason to recover an OBS. ETA is around midnight, so the night watches that John and Dale (and then me and Hanna) have will be very exciting. The marine life was also budding today. Humpback whales jumped in plain view of the ship, dolphins were seen a few times today frolicking near the ship and another shark was spotted. It’s been a perfect day. Smooth deployments with an abundance of enthusiastic marine life paired with a clear sky made today memorable.