Anyone’s first experience traveling on the open ocean can be strange and overwhelming, but I’ve been so well taken care of onboard R/V Falkor, it has basically become a floating home away from home. The crew have gone out of their way to help with everything. You don’t hear people saying “That’s not my job” —everything is truly a team effort. Spending a month (for the scientists) or two (for the crew) with the same people in a relatively confined space could quickly lead to mutiny. Fortunately, everyone here is ridiculously smart, interesting and competent, which makes it easy to get along and make friends. I get the impression that if my camera broke, the engineers and technicians could repair it using soda cans and electrical tape. If there’s one thing we couldn’t do without, it’s the crew. So I wanted to see what they couldn’t do without.
I couldn’t fit everyone from the awesome SOI team in this post, but rest assured they are all fantastic. From the guys who “encouraged” me to do karaoke, to those who sang sea shanties, and ran christmas decoration competitions. All the while keeping us fed, informed, educated and entertained.
All the scientists on board also greatly appreciate all the help they have been given during this expedition by the Falkor crew. We couldn’t do our science without you!