March 13, 2001 to June 2, 2001
Monterey to Hawaii and back
March 26, 2001: Leg 1; Day 14
Log Entry: 0015 WFT; 0215 PST
Steaming at 12.5 knots towards Station Aloha
A long night of processing samples - the welcome problem when there is a productive day. Some of the samples collected yesterday include some strange and beautiful fish. The ROV dive went extremely well and we have a new record of Deepstaria in the Western Pacific (previously known from the Eastern Pacific). We collected a curious looking ctenophore (Hormiphora fusiformis) that turned out to have a pteropod in its gut.
Today we plan on being at Station Aloha around 0900 hours and Francisco Chavez's group will swing into action and Bruce Robison's group will start around 1100 hours or so. We only have 100 km to our next station (D9), so we can work later today than we have over the past few days.
En route to Station Aloha
0910 WFT; 1110 PST
Wind speed 13 knots
We are still making 12.5 knots and almost at Station Aloha. We will stop and do a CTD station and put the bluewater divers into the water as well. After the CTD station and bluewater dive, we will launch the ROV and spend the rest of the day here with an extended ROV dive. Then, it's another 100 kilometers to Station D9 for another full day of science operations. Then to dock!
1124 hrs WFT; 1324 hours PST
22° 26.97' N, 158° 00.10' W
We are at Station Aloha and waiting the return of the bluewater divers. The CTD cast is at 1,000 meters and on its way back up. After than, Paul Chua will take his bongo net samples and then we will launch the ROV for an extended dive. The weather is beautiful - hot with about 15 knots of wind.