May 25, 2005
Greetings From J-Reef
was our first set back. There was a cold front that came
through last night making it very difficult to sleep because
of the hard rocking back and forth of the ship due to
increased wave action and increased winds. It can be very
hard to sleep when the ship rocks one way and then rocks
very quickly over the other direction bouncing you off
of the wall while you are tying to sleep. The general
consensus among the scientists is that no one got much
sleep last night.
In the morning the weather was still not favorable for
diving, so we did not start operations until after lunch.
This gave everyone a little time to catch back up on some
sleep that they missed last night.
When the dive team (picture
on left) finally got to the dive site they did
much more of the same as in previous dives. Rob put down
more of his exclusion cages for his experiments. Patrick
collected more sponges and Chris collected more sea stars
for his on board experiments. Chris also put down some
minnow traps baited with tuna fish in order to catch some
benthic fishes (fish that live on the bottom) so that
these fishes can also be put in the database that Danny
Tomorrow we will be at Gray’s Reef for a little
while and then we will be returning to J-Reef for the
Well that is all for now. Hopefully the weather will be
better tomorrow. According to the weather report we are
supposed to get calm seas for the rest of the week.