May 27, 2005
Greeting s From Gray’s Reef
Well today was a pretty normal day out here at sea, the
weather was not a s good as yesterday, but it was still
a great day to be out on the water.
The dives for today went very smoothly. Everyone was busy
working on their research, whether that work was under
the water or on the ship. Around lunch time the R/V Joe
Ferguson docked along side the Foster and Greg McFall,
Sarah Fangman, and Jason Alstad (who is the visiting high
school student) boarded the Ferguson to return home. Everyone
got a chance to say good bye… twice. Jason was not
on the Ferguson the first time it left so they had to
come back to get him so that he could go home and get
back to work.
After everyone said good bye, it was time for more diving.
These dives were far from uneventful. As we were leaving
on the dive boat we had some trouble with the GPS (Global
Positioning System) and could not find the dive spot were
everyone’s experiments were taking place. It took
us about an hour of trying to work the GPS computer to
figure out what the correct coordinates of the dive location
were and how to put them into the GPS computer . Meanwhile
we were just floating around in the ocean, not going anywere.
After we figured out where our dive location was , the
dives themselves went very smoothly and we collected lots
of critters. Probably the coolest thing that was brought
up was a spider crab (decorator crab) that had covered
itself in a basket star . In the picture (picture
to right) all you can see is the basket star, but
believe me there is a spider crab under there.
tomorrow we should be doing more of the same but as you
all know things out at sea can be very unpredictable.
Tomorrow , at least for me , will be much busier than
the past few days because now that Greg and Sarah are
gone I have become the official SCUBA tank filler making
sure everyone has some air when they dive!