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A Brazilian Presence on the Knorr

05/26/2010, 3:41 PM by Lollie Garay

Lat/Long 07.18N 052.59W
Air Temp: 28.9C 84F
Surface Temp: 29.8C 84.5F
Salinity: 31.0psu

We are at station #3 in French Guiana waters and had our first real rain showers and some fog early in the morning. It was warm enough so that even if you got wet, it felt good! COMM-ET Dave and I were on deck right after breakfast to prep the SeaView cam for another deployment. Around mid-morning we were ready. This time we secured the camera cable to a grappling hook to move the camera a little farther away from the ship. We filmed for 10 minutes and photographed a lot of small, unidentified fish. It’s not National Geographic stuff, but to us it looked great! I hope to post some short video clips soon (we’re still working out the kinks in posting this blog :)

While on the subject of biology, several of us today were wondering why we hadn’t seen any dolphins. Apparently, we may be too far away from land. I took a picture of the sea in hope of finding some random exotic creature, but no luck! (see photo in the gallery).However, the voyage has just begun, so maybe later...

Continuing to introduce members of the expedition, today I spent time with Brazilian Navy Officer Lt. Cdr. Felipe Santos. Lt. Cdr. Santos spent 6 years at sea and now works on base in Rio de Janeiro at the Naval Hydrographic Center. He explained that whenever an international research vessel enters into Brazilian waters, an observer for the Brazilian government must be onboard. He told me that he was very impressed with the amount of research and work being done all at the same time, and the amazing collaboration between all the scientists.  Lt. Cdr. Santos was also very happy to find other Brazilians onboard, and is excited about practicing his English!

Around dinnertime tonight we began moving again towards station #4, about 17 hrs. away, inching closer to the Equator!  By the way, thanks to all of you who have sent comments through our blog- we really enjoy reading them and are glad you’re following our journey! And a special congratulations to my eighth grade homeroom on their graduation!! :D

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