25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq Heads To Sea!

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Mary
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How do researchers get their daily exercise?

Oh my goodness you've already left Alaska! My question is, given that it is dangerous to run around the ship, and the physical limits of the space on board, how do researchers and crew members get their daily 20/min 5x a week of recommended exercise to maintain their physical health? Is getting the immersion suit on and off a workout, because it sure looks like it might be?! These journal entries and videos are really great, it is such a treat every time you post a new one!

Re: Mary commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq Heads...

Hi Mary! You are correct! It would be dangerous to run around the ship (although really tempting at times because it's so exciting and lots of things going on, on every deck!)  During our first safety drill we were reminded that "this ship was designed to kill you!"  Of course that's not really true, however it was a sobering reminder to think before you take a step!  We have been somewhat sedentary at first, but we'll soon be where we can begin sampling in the Beaufort, so our activity level will step-it-up!  We do need to maintain our health onboard, so good nutrition and exercise are very important.  Consequently, addressing the exercise question, there is a gym onboard!  It's not big, but it does include a rowing machine, several stationary bikes, a treadmill and weights.  Each day, at least 1x, I'll add some simple Pilates exercises, usually first thing in the morning to start my day.  I haven't ventured to use the gym equipment yet, but my goal is to get on a bike or treadmill at least 1x a day for about 20 minutes.

Thanks for the great question and it makes me realize that I should do a journal on the importance of our keeping up with exercise and healthy eating, to keep us at our best while we're doing work on a rolling and tossing home for the next three weeks!
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Safe seas and thank you for joining us on the R/V Sikuliaq!
Lisa Seff

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Forest
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Great Job

Your Doing a Great Job Lisa!
I am always happy to help answer any questions from students throughout the cruise, Forest

Re: Forest commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq Heads...

Hi and wow Forest (aka Captain of the R/V Sikuliaq)  thank you! I'll definitely take you up on that!
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Temperatures

Hi, Lisa! i'm excited for you that you may continue with the research project. I'm curious about temperatures, and wonder if you will find differences in water and air temps than were seen on past expeditions. Cheers!

Re: Regina Brinker commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V...

Hi Regina! So nice to hear from you and I'm excited too!  I'm in a different part of the Beaufort Sea during this research but I'll check in with Dr. Okkonen to see what information he has.   We had an exciting day on the 27th (just finished the movie and will be hopefully posting the journal later this morning).  Dr. Kate Stafford, an oceanographer from University of Washington who does a lot of acoustic work with whale sounds, is on our cruise.  Back in July she deployed a Sloucum Glider which is like a traveling CTD without water collection + it collects sound data from marine organisms which helps scientists determine species types and distributions.  The glider communicates with an ARGOS satellite and researchers are able to collect the data while it's still gliding through the Chukchi.  It was supposed to be traveling independently for about 3 months until they could pick it up, but on the 20th the data just stopped coming in for no apparent reason! So we made an unexpected rescue attempt! (but approved by Dr. Asjian and the Captain).  You'll have to tune into the next journal to see how we made out!

In the meantime you can check out the data from that glider as it moved through the Chukchi Sea at the following public links:
1) scroll down this link (as remember, it stopped communicating data on the 20th) and you'll come to a great variety of data from the Chukchi
http://dcs.whoi.edu/chukchi0717/chukchi0717_unit_595_html/chukchi0717_un...
2) this second link includes the path the glider followed, and the marine sounds and interpretation of the sounds
http://dcs.whoi.edu/chukchi0717/chukchi0717_unit_595.shtml

Safe Seas Regina and thank you for joining us!

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Maria
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got the postcards!

Hello! The girls got their post cards in the mail from Alaska! How exciting! We want to send a post card back to you but didn't see a return address. Can you get mail on the boat?

Re: Maria commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq Heads...

Hi Maria! Oh that's awesome! The post cards made it back to Springs!
I'm so excited to hear that news, thank you for sharing!  Unfortunately I cannot
get mail on the boat-although it would be pretty neat if the USPS was able to figure
it out!  The ship will stay out at sea until September 18th when we return
to Nome and then I leave Nome on the 19th.  However you/they can write me 
anytime on this Ask the Team site. (If they really want to send a card they can always send it to me at the school!)
Tell the girls I said hello AND let them know that it has been snowing off and on the last two days and we saw 
gray whales for the first time on the 26th!
We've just entered the Beaufort Sea where the research will begin, it's very exciting.  
thanks for following us!
safe seas,
Lisa 

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Corrina C
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Corrina C, Springs School, Seff,

How far off shore do you have to go before putting nets in the water?

Re: Corrina C commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Corrina...hmmm, I'll have to look but I'm going to guess about 20 miles.  We can't see shore where we are on the Beaufort Sea.
As far as depth...I think the minimum we've been doing is 25 meters, typical seems to be over 300 meters of water.

take care,
Lisa

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Re: Corrina C commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Corrina...hmmm, I'll have to look but I'm going to guess about 20 miles.  We can't see shore where we are on the Beaufort Sea.
As far as depth...I think the minimum we've been doing is 25 mete

take care,
Lisa

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Daniel P
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Daniel P Springs School O'Rielly How many safety drills

Dear Mrs. Seff, How many safety drills did you have to do before going out to sea?

Re: Daniel P commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Daniel-we had one long one that lasted a few hours before we went to sea.  
(:
take care,
Lisa

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James B.
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James B Springs School Seff out to sea

Were you excited to finally go out to sea on board the Sikuliaq?

Re: James B. commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi James! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!
(:
Lisa

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Nichole L
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Drills

How long do you think it took you to do the Life Jacket Drill?

Re: Nichole L commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Nichole! We had to spend several hours going over drills and safety when we first got on the ship.
take care,
Lisa

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Nora C
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Nora C Springs School Seff Nervous?

Did you feel nervous at all practicing all the safety drills, or were you pretty confident and ready to hop right on and start researching?

Re: Nora C commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq Heads...

Hi Nora-no, not nervous at all! the ships Captain and crew, plus everyone on board are super safety minded so I wasn't nervous.  The drills were similar to fire drills at school, just letting you know what to do in case of an emergency!
take care,
Lisa

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Sarah Morgan
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science

Are you required to do all those drills to go out to sea?

Re: Sarah Morgan commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Sarah, yes we are required to do the safety drills on the ship.  We just had another one yesterday.  It's really important that we 
all know what to do in any emergency.  The Captain and the crew are great at making sure we're all staying safe.  
(:
take care,
Lisa

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Re: Sarah Morgan commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Sarah, yes we are required to do the safety drills on the ship.  We just had another one yesterday.  It's really important that we 
all know what to do in any emergency.  The Captain and the crew are great at making sure we're all staying safe.
take care,
Lisa  

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Kimberly B.
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Springs School 8th regents

how long were you on sea? and are you required to know all the drills and how many drills were there?

Re: Kimberly B. commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Kimberly-we don't get off the ship, so we'll have been at sea for about 25 days by the time we're done!  And yes, we are required to know all of the safety drills.  The basic are "fire", "man overboard" and "abandon ship".
take care,
Lisa

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Anthony G
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Anthony G Springs School Seff out at sea

What is the greatest part of the R/V Sikuliaq?

Re: Anthony G commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Anthony...another hard question..
The Bridge is pretty amazing...but the main deck has a lot of interesting work going on too.
And the galley with the mess hall for meals is great because you get a few minutes to relax and
enjoy a good meal and hang out for a bit with some really nice researchers and crew members.
take care,
Lisa

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Mark D
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Mark D Springs School Seff

Was the Immersion Suit uncomfortable for you or was it comfortable?

Tifany G
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Tifany G, Springs School, Seff

What do you have to do at the Port Side of the ship?

Re: Tifany G commented on 25 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Tifany-if it's abandon ship that means I have to go to the port life jacket and life rafts.
(:
....hoping we won't have to do that!
Lisa

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Rosa P.
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The R/V Sikuliaq Heads to sea!

Hi Mrs. Seff, in the video you mentioned that your station was on the port side. What do you do there?

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