June 17 - June 24, 2007
June 17, 2007 (Departure)
We have an exciting series of dives ahead at some volcanic seamounts and the continental margin just offshore. These are fascinating places geologically, and have an amazing diversity of colorful corals, sponges, crinoids and other critters to please the eye (and the biologists).
Our science party consists of 5 working in support of the NURP-funded coral project, led by geochemists Kristina Faul and Laura Rademacher who are standing in for the principal investigator and geochemist Tessa Hill. We also have 5 from MBARI (Chief Scientist and geologist Dave Clague, biologists Craig McClain and Lonny, intern Iain Faichney, and myself) and geologist Kathie Marsaglia to run the geology program and help with the biology programs. We should be hearing from each member of the science party as the cruise progresses.
It was calm in Moss Landing Harbor all evening. We celebrated Chris' birthday while still at the dock, taking advantage of the quiet ride of the ship there. We departed the harbor at about 21:15 with the high tide. It was breezy out in Monterey Bay, and then became quite lumpy when we edged past the protection of Santa Cruz heading for our first dive site at Pioneer Seamount.