Today was our first day out in the Gulf of Mexico. Now that we are far from the busy banks of the Mississippi, all we really see are flying fish getting out of our way, the occasional oil rig, and lots and lots of blue water.
The water in the Gulf has been choppy and unlike yesterday, many of us have had a hard time keeping meals down. Originally, our plan was to be at our first station by 6 a.m. to start calibrating the pinger—the device we use to pick up signals from the bottom and determine exactly where the corer lands—and collect our first samples. But, the rough seas made that difficult and we may need to wait until tomorrow to start sampling.
So far, sleeping on the Ocean Veritas has been the best part of the trip. Our state rooms have either two or four bunks so there really isn’t extra space in our rooms to do anything but sleep. That’s ok; lying down with our eyes closed is about all some of us can do at the moment.
Here’s hoping tomorrow we get smoother waters and can do some sampling!