Log Post: Refrigerator Art

When I was little, I remember spending hours listening to my Grandad’s tales of life on the ocean when he was a young man.  I never for a moment thought that I would ever head out to sea. Indeed, I remember by the age of ten or twelve being quite adamant that I wouldn’t.  But … Continued

Log Post: Mind, He Doesn’t Get Out Much

Suddenly, the whole ship seems to have its groove on and science is really clicking. By deciding to focus on our shallowest site, we are stepping up the pace to dive every day, starting at 04h00, and staying out as long as we’re allowed. Reminds me of Summer nights when I was about 10 and … Continued

Log Post: Lars & the Real Gannet

Another good day today.  I was up at 5am to join in with a CTD cast designed to land right over the hottest chimneys that we had mapped out at the Piccard hydrothermal field in 2012: at the Beebe Vents mound. To avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the engines we avoided using our Dynamic … Continued

Log Post: Deep Joy

It has been a long haul but today was a very good day.  Up just after 3am to make sure that all was well with the preparations for launch at 04h00 (the ship’s preferred hour for starting all AUV dives): I am probably thus a contender for the Golden Blanket award – the Nereusteam started … Continued

Log Post: Sunday Race Day

Hello there.  Did you miss me?  I’m afraid I have been feeling rather disoriented. Last night (or was it the night before) I was having a weird dream – I had got up in the middle of the night for a Nereus launch but then the dive went wrong and the vehicle had to come … Continued

Log Post: A Big Blue Ball

If you are reading this on the day it is posted, then know this: Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. What’s so special about the Oceans, you may ask? [Great thing rhetoric, we can make you ask just the questions we wanted to answer]. OK, listen up, puny air-breathing Earthlings… For a long time … Continued

Log Post: Technical Difficulties

We apologize for the interruption to Chris German’s blog from R/V Falkor.  Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Log Post: Winnie the Pooh and the Uncarved Block

Lots to tell you about today. We started off with a CTD coming on deck from the furthest north point we have been to (and also about as unpromising as can be) since we started our latest search.   Then, because Casey and the Nereus team needed to do some engineering work on the back deck … Continued

Log Post: Silent Running

Today has been a quiet day but we’ve been making steady progress.  The first CTD cast started at 4am and the last of the day will finish just before midnight. Tomorrow we will start again at 04h00.  Working to that pattern we have managed to measure water column properties from top to bottom at three … Continued

Log Post: Some days seem longer than others

A busy day today but also a strange one.  I was woken just after 5am by a feeling in my bones – quite literally, actually: the ship’s motion had suddenly changed which brought me alert and, in a matter of seconds I realized why: we must have finished the 2nd CTD station at Piccard – … Continued