This morning we all got a major treat: we got to sleep in.
As you can see from the picture, we’ve been working hard. We finished sampling yesterday around 8 p.m. and decided to take advantage of the momentary calm seas to calibrate our acoustic equipment. We sailed out to a depth of 1000 meters and were at our sampling location by 1 a.m.—calibration didn’t start until 5 a.m. Since we were up so late working, we were able to sleep in until 9 or 10 a.m.—so maybe it wasn’t such a treat; we needed what little sleep we were able to get! Our equipment should be calibrated by 1 or 2 p.m. today, but it will take us a few more hours to get back to our regular sampling locations.
We make take a few more samples today, but we’re scheduled for a full day of sampling tomorrow. Then, just a few more on Tuesday morning and we’ll head back to port Tuesday night to drop off samples and resupply. We need to stock up on jars and chemicals. Then it’s back to the open seas on Wednesday morning.