Hawaii Cruise
March 13, 2001 to June 2, 2001
Monterey to Hawaii and back

March 27, 2001: Leg 1; Day 15

Log Entry: 1025 WFT; 1225 PST
21° 29.37'N, 158° 24.58'W
Winds - none
Sun - hot
Weather - humid
Good morning, sorry for the lack of updates over the past two days, but we have had a communications glitch here on board the Western Flyer. Thanks to the folks back at MBARI and Dan Chamberlain on board here, we have email again. The good news is that you now have 3 days of reading to catch up on!

Anyway, we just got back from our bluewater dive and the ROV is currently on the 200 meter transect. The CTD wasn't working this morning and they can't fix it so we are not going to be running a CTD station here. The science crew is busily starting to pack and gather gear and data.

The bluewater dive was wonderful and you can see the difference in how the Western Flyer sits in the water between these two images. This was our last scuba dive. Oahu is just off of our port and we are due at the dock around 1100 hours tomorrow.

The Western Flyer in the water, compare the differences in how the boat is sitting in the water.

Day 15.

Day 5.

Station D9
We will be on station around 0730 Hawaii Time and start our science operations at 0800 hours. Yesterday was a full day of science and some relaxation. Ginger Elrod celebrated her birthday today and Francisco Chavez tried to catch some fish for a birthday meal. With no fresh fish, we were treated to Doug Alexander's famous steak BBQ dinner with baked potatoes, caesar salad, and garlic bread. The spare RHIB suffered some damage during the bluewater diving over the past few days and Captain Ian Young, Darrell Palmer, and Peter Zerr spent much of the morning fixing it so that we could dive today.

A large medusa that we filmed and left where we found it.

Here are the bluewater divers and our boat driver Shawn Osborn. Steve Haddock took the image.

The RHIB suffered some damage from the lifting strap and you can see Darrell Palmer, Ian Young, and Peter Zerr working to repair the boat.

Ginger Elrod, Steve Fitzwater, and Atma Roberts enjoy the late afternoon sun and Ginger's birthday on the bow of the Western Flyer.

Francisco tries his luck after the ROV records a school of mahi mahi cruising around the boat..


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