Leg 4: March 22, 2012

Day 9: Back in port

The Western Flyer arrived back at the dock before 9:00 a.m. today, making sure to beat the arrival of the large ferry from the Mexican mainland, which creates a good deal of commotion on the dock. It was a beautiful morning to be at sea.

Jason Jordan, left, and Andrew McKee lower a fender into place in preparation for docking in Pichilingue.

Jason Jordan, left, and Andrew McKee lower a fender into place in preparation for docking in Pichilingue.


The view from the bow of the Western Flyer as the ship headed in to the port at Pichilingue.

The view from the bow of the Western Flyer as the ship headed in to the port at Pichilingue.


Cole Davis tosses a line from the stern to the dock; Craig Heihn helped secure the line.

Cole Davis tosses a line from the stern to the dock; Craig Heihn helped secure the line.


An unusual shot of the recovery of the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts taken during the last day’s work. First Mate Andrew McKee climbed up on the top of the ship and opened a hatch to look directly down into the moon pool—a vantage point most people are not privy to.

An unusual shot of the recovery of the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts taken during the last day’s work. First Mate Andrew McKee climbed up on the top of the ship and opened a hatch to look directly down into the moon pool—a vantage point most people are not privy to.

The Brewer science team sends a big thank you to Captain Ian Young and his entire crew and to Chief ROV Pilot Knute Brekke and his amazing team. We appreciate your expertise and skill and your hard work so that we can focus on our science mission.

—Nancy Barr

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Gulf of California 2012 Expedition