Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Day 5: High winds
May 22, 2013

We had a short dive planned for today, but when we arrived at the Santa Barbara basin site, the winds were too high to launch the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Instead, we headed into the Santa Barbara harbor to offload scientists and their gear. We send a sincere Thank You to all of MBARI’s pilots of the ROV Doc Ricketts, crew of the R/V Western Flyer, and everyone who worked so well together to make this week a great success for scientists on board the ship!

Hundreds of dolphins joined us on our trip towards the Santa Barbara harbor. Marko Talkovic, Ben Erwin, and Bob Vrijenhoek watch them surf in the ship’s bow wave.


Attached to the ROV, this Styrofoam cup, decorated with seep clams, was shrunk down to its small size due to the enormous pressure of the ocean at 1,800 meters (5,900 feet).


Erik Larson (left) and Lance Wardle on the back deck grilling a BBQ dinner on the evening May 21.

— Kris Walz

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