Friday, September 10, 2010

Somewhere under the rainbow

Today we recovered our second pair of plankton pump samples. Our “Wizard of Oz” is Captain Susami-san, whose excellent ship-handling skills have led to very smooth and well-coordinated recoveries of our pump moorings. A double rainbow spread over the horizon in front of the ship as we waited for the first of the moorings to surface. In the photo below, you can see our set-up for the deck unit and hydrophone used to communicate with the acoustic releases. Susan is holding the transducer over the port rail, and I am working with our excellent Res Tech Okada-san who is on the walkie-talkie with the bridge. Hiromi and students are waiting for me to press the release command.

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