February 6: Dockside
Various factors have delayed our departure for a couple of days. Fortunately, even while at port there’s always interesting wildlife to watch around the hull of a ship, from schooling fish to swimming crabs. Tonight with some quick thinking and good luck, deckhand Kyrylo captured a two-foot-long octopus with a net as it swam past the boat. Judit, who studies octopus vision systems, and Jake were the octopus wranglers while everyone took turns admiring it up close. The tentacled arms were smooth and surprisingly strong. After watching it for a short while, we returned the octopus back to the ocean.
-Debbie Nail Meyer