Lee in immersion suit
    Always the fashionista, Lee models the latest in immersion suits.

    "Live and breathe safety on this ship" were the words spoken by the Oceanus Captain, Captain Ronald Short. We had all gathered for the mandatory safety talk to learn protocol for going on deck while at sea. The "Abandon Ship" drilled followed and we had to don our one piece immersion suits. Soon after, the ropes holding the Oceanus to the port were released and we were off.

    Suzanne Sharestani and the ZooVis/ARIS
    Suzanne Sharestani gets the ZOOVIS/ARIS ready for deployment.

    Leaving port, we went around mountains which treated us to idyllic views. The waves were gentle and we could see fin whales in the distance while tube-nosed birds called fulmars followed our ship.

    The scenic views inspired me to think of sea chanties of old, but soon after, we encountered 10 foot swells and waves and I began singing the "Seasickeness Blues". I've been wearing a patch to alleviate motion sickness and after several hours, I think it's working.

    Two nets and CTD
    The team uses the two nets and CTD at each station.

    It's now 10:40 p.m. and we will be stopping soon to measure one of our stations along the transects. At each station, we use plankton nets of different sizes to get live samples. We also employ the CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth., a tool that measures the conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth as well as the dissolved oxygen levels, pressure, chlorophyll levels, and fluorescence of the phytoplankton present.

    Regardless of the time, the scientists on this team are prepared to follow safety protocol as they lower and raise these large measurement tools from the deck.

    Polar Profile

    Jami Ivory
    Jami Ivory, marine scientist, shares advice for young people thinking about careers.

    Jami Ivory comes to the team from Oregon. She recently graduated from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, where she received her Masters Degree in Marine Science. Some advice that she would like to share with young people trying to decide on a career comes from her college counselor, who told her, "You only need one job, not thousands. Pursue your passion and study something you really love." Jami is happy she followed that advice and is now a marine scientist and certified scientist diver.

    East Bering Sea
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    Judy Fahnestock

    Thanks for the journal even if you are singing the "seasickness blues". Hopefully the patch is helping. Very cool to see finback whales and fulmars! Great advice from Jami - good for young people to hear.