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It’s hard to believe it’s been three whole weeks since we joined the Langseth. It seems like just yesterday that we were waiting in our hotel room in Sand Point, sheltering ourselves from the rain and looking forward to adventures on board. With less than a week left on the ship, it’s time to start wrapping things up. Yesterday after lunch the science party and crew gathered on the bridge deck to take a group photo. Those who were asleep even woke up for the occasion. We have one more line to shoot, then we pull in the streamers. We’re all hoping that the time the streamers spent in the water have cleaned them a bit of the fish and brine that previously coated them. The brine was a souvenir from Costa Rica, the location of the Langseth’s last cruise. With or without the terrible smell, pulling in the streamers should be a much less arduous task than deploying them. After that, we head straight to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, the home port of the ships for reality TV show the Deadliest Catch. Personally, I’m excited to experience all that the island has to offer. While in Sand Point we came across a list of things to do in Dutch Harbor: http://www.unalaska.info/visitors/see-do. The few hours that we’ll be spending there before flying out can’t possibly be enough to take advantage of all of them.
Another task remaining in the last few days on board is to pick a name for the project, to be included whenever data from this cruise is published. Many acronyms were thrown out; some of the finalists include “WALE” and “SEALS,” particularly appropriate considering the number of marine mammals we’ve encountered throughout the cruise. One of my personal favorites was “SALAMI,” which unfortunately hasn’t made it into the last round of cuts…