Early this morning we departed Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, after an amazing 4
days there. B-Watch was on watch that morning so we were responsible for leaving dock. The students were on fender control, which controls the bumper buoys so the ship doesn’t hit the dock. We had rotated watch officers this past weekend, so today was our first real watch with them. Our watches stayed the same but we switched mates, scientists, and deckhands. We first had the 2nd mate Jeremy, 2nd scientist Nick, and our deckhand Maggie. Now, we rotated to the chief mate Johnny, 3rd scientist Ali, and Hillary as our deckhand.
It was tricky getting out of the dock in Lunenburg. Teo was on
helm (steering the ship) while the rest of us were either sail handling or stowing various items. After we got underway this morning, I was in lab with Teo and Tess. We did a few deployments, including the secci disk (records light penetration in the water column), a shipek grab (collects seafloor sediment), and a neuston net tow. We caught a starfish in our shipek grab which was crazy very cool. In the neuston tow, we caught a juvenile cod which was also interesting. Ian was the winner for our secci disk bets with 9m (which is the 18% light penetration depth). While all of this was happening we noticed two land birds from Lunenburg on the boat, we named them Rick and Morty.
After we turned the watch over to C-Watch we all ate
lunch and I took a nice nap. Then we had class at 1430 which included our normal science, navigation, and weather reports. But then it started raining so we had to move inside to the main salon. Today’s class was about different ocean zones at different depths and wildlife’s adaptation to those different environments. After that I took another nice nap until dinner. Overall today was a pretty good day with a lot going on.