Today we disembarked the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer. We cleaned up our cabins and turned in our equipment and gear. I was a little sad to leave the ship that has been my home and work for the past 6 weeks. This has been an incredible experience with incredible people. We'll be stopping by one last time tomorrow to unload the last of the water samples and then that will be it. We'll be heading back to our respective institutions across the world: LA, New York, Argentina, France, Portugal, Japan and Australia. The crew and science support team will be taking the NBP back to Chile where it will undergo routine maintenance and then head out on its next science expedition.
I had an incredible experience, learned an extraordinary amount and met amazing people; we worked hard and collected a lot of data. We also made time for fun. Here are a few "outtakes" from NBP1503!
Sometimes selfies just don't work… like on a snowy day in Antarctica.
We found the elusive rainbow whale at the bottom of the ocean!
Looking for penguins…
This selfie stick thing is getting out of hand.
Photo coming soon.
This ship is designed for tall people.
Science-ing real hard.
Costumes make ping pong more fun.
What do you do when you're waiting for data to process?
The O.G.s (Oceanographers and Geologists!) of science