On Tuesday, we shipped our instruments, mooring gear, and supplies to the ship's agent in Guam. Susan and I have spent weeks gathering all the things that are now itemized on a big spreadsheet and distributed into 11 packages weighing 4000 lbs! Why does the shipment weigh so much? The heaviest "package" is actually a rack of steel anchor weights (for the plankton pump moorings, which will be described in a later post). The plankton pump boxes, with extra batteries, each weigh over 300 lbs. I am writing on one of these in the attached photo. Also in the photo, you can see our red boxes (heavy with mooring hardware), black totes (with lab and office supplies), and miscellaneous other gear such as polypro line and buckets.