We had a solid sampling day today; completing five stations and ending our day less than a mile from the well head. We started at over 800 meters deep and went to about 1500 meters so by the end of the day, at the well head, it took close to an hour-and-a-half for the corer to go down and come back up.
When we got to the well head, we took a moment of silence for the crew who were lost in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and reflected on why we were all out here. With only four or five other ships nearby, it was much less active at the well head than we thought it would be. There are two drilling rigs near the well head and their size is impressive. We could actually see them all day starting out as tiny spires and growing to almost look like cities in the water as we drew closer.
We didn’t finish sampling until late tonight and there is still some work to be done before we head to bed. In a word, we’re beat. Tomorrow we head back into port and we are hoping for a slower day as we refuel and restock.