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3 - Transit Day Activities
by Carlie Wiener
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Day Three the scientists practice launching the
dive boats, Carlie Wiener.
This morning the crew woke up to dark clouds followed by
rain. We are still in transit today and the weather is
not as good as it has been. None the less, everyone’s
spirits are up as we continue to head closer to our first
destination. After breakfast, we had an opportunity to go into the launch boats
(the boats used in the water to do research). While they were propped up on
deck we went in them to review the boat release and scuba diving procedures.
The scientists gathered on the deck to practice assisting with the launching
of the boats. We also carried out oxygen administration and general emergency
training in case any circumstances arise.
Practicing oxygen administration and general emergency
care, Carlie Wiener.
This afternoon the divers received
their neurological assessments. This is important so that
the medical staff have a baseline of people’s responses in case a diving accident occurs.
Stephen Karl’s group worked in the wet lab organizing
the brightly colored tags for their upcoming dives. These
tags will be used as markers to put on coral heads in order
to track, photograph, measure and sample. By tagging the
corals at the beginning of the dive, the scientists have
a way of cataloging their observations.
Stephen Karl prepares the tags for coral identification,
I was also fortunate
enough to receive an invitation to visit the commanding officer
out on the bridge. This is where the boat is steering and
directed, with lots of complicated and technical looking
equipment. It was really neat to see how the boat is run
and navigated. There are many factors that the bridge needs
to look out for such as boat placement in relation to the
Monument, weather patterns or swell direction. Tonight, is
the lunar eclipse but unfortunately there is quite a bit
of cloud cover which makes visibility difficult. From the
NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai a hui hou!
View from the top, look
out desk on the bridge, Carlie Wiener.
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