The gang plank has been raised, the mooring lines released, and we are on our way! (Finally!) After two days in a holding pattern waiting on supplies and making final preparations, we are so excited to be on our way to the Gulf.
We left Morgan City around noon, passing a bunch of shipyards with plenty of building going on. At times we were surrounded by Louisiana swampland—no alligators to speak of, but plenty of birds and even a bald eagle. So far, no one has succumbed to sea sickness—thank goodness!
Once we were underway, the work continued. The research team met to receive job assignments and discuss how our sampling work will actually happen. We also did some practice work with the multi-corer to make sure everyone feels comfortable before the real sampling starts. As you might expect, our first few sampling dry runs were kind of a mess, but we are learning our roles and should have it down after a few actual samples.
We are due at our first sampling station by 6am tomorrow and we are hoping to start collecting our first sediment samples with the multi-corer then.