MBARI Ridges 2005 Expedition
Juan de Fuca Leg: August 7–18, 2005
Gorda Leg: August 22–September 2, 2005
August 22 update from Kim Fulton-Bennett:
We left Newport harbor this morning at the "civilized" hour of 8 am, heading out underneath the picturesque span of the Yaquina river bridge, and out to sea. For the captain and crew, this will be their fifth consecutive week at sea, with only a few days of shore leave. But for those of us just joining this leg of the cruise, it feels good to be heading out from port. Although it is foggy, the air is not very cold, and the winds are light (less then ten knots), which is the best weather we could ask for along this part of the coast.
As we headed out to sea, the scientists on board discussed findings from the previous leg of the cruise and talked about things they hoped to see on this leg. There was also time to simply savor being out on the water, or at least try to get our sea legs.
Later in the afternoon Jenny Paduan set out some lava samples from the previous cruise for people to study. Then we had the obligatory fire drill and immersion suit dress-up party and photo-op. Finally, expedition leader Dave Clague gave us an overview of the cruise plans and what he hoped to get out of each dive.
By nightfall, the wind had picked up, but not enough to slow us down as we continued to steam toward our first dive site. We expect to reach the Gorda Ridge before dawn and look forward to beginning our first dive at 6:30 tomorrow morning.