May 10th & 11th, 2003; Leg 5, Days #20 & 21
It’s Sunday afternoon, and the R/V Western Flyer is steaming to port at Pichilingue. The air is gradually getting warmer as we sail south into warmer waters. We had an entertaining display of dolphin acrobatics in front of the bow wake of the ship this morning. A few dolphins showed up and played for about an hour, spinning, twisting, leaping into the air. They whistled and squeaked with each other while putting on an entertaining performance.
The labs have been quiet for the most part today. Last minute analyses and calibrations have been completed, organizing and packing samples has begun. But after days of long intense hours in the control room and the labs, we’re ready for a break. It’s a sunny afternoon, and it is rumored that some of the science crew are sunning themselves on the Lido deck.
As part of our demobilization efforts at the end of Leg 5, Lynne and Sheri are dismantling the laser Raman toolsled drawer that contained all the pressure housing for the LRS when deployed on the ROV Tiburon.
More tests of the laser Raman occurred during the afternoon. During most of these experiments conducted over the past week, Ed Peltzer has been collecting gas samples near the seafloor using his heated, gas-trapping funnel. The accompanying picture shows Ed in the lab with a set of gas samples cylinders that are filled with gas for analysis when he returns to MBARI.
A happy Ed Peltzer displays his "catch of the day."
The entire crew of the R/V Western Flyer would like to wish all of our moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. We love you!
Special greetings are sent by:
Patrick Mitts to his mom: Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day!
Lynne Christianson: Happy Mother’s Day, and thanks for sending me the emails.
Sheri White: Hi Mom, sorry you’re home alone on Mother’s Day. We’ll take you out for steak next weekend. Happy Mother’s Day.
Ed Peltzer: Hi Mom!
Bill Ussler: Happy Mother’s Day!
Rendy Keaten: Happy Mother’s Day. See you soon. Love, Rendy.
Peter Walz: Hi Mom. Thanks for all your support over the years. Love and hugs to you!
Here is a group of very happy scientists at the end of Leg 5. We’re about to make landfall in Pinchilingue.
– Bill Ussler, reporting