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Life at Sea (Pt. 2)

06/02/2010, 4:43 PM by Brian Zielinski
Group watching the sunset at 'The Beach'<br/><br/>Credit: Brian Zielinski
Group watching the sunset at 'The Beach'
Photo Credit: Brian Zielinski

Finally saw a sunset last night!!! Ok, not a sun melting into the ocean one, but it was the best so far. For the record, St. Petersburg has much better sunsets… don’t plan a trip out here to see them. The seas have been much calmer (1-2ft seas), which makes things not as exciting. I like bumping into things, which brings me to the showers. My shower is so small, I hit each wall at least twice in the course of one 4-min shower. I’ve seriously thought about soaping the walls and spinning. That would make showering a lot quicker. The pool is finally open! I was all excited and went to it last night. I didn’t realize that although it looks like a hot tub, the water is cold/salty and not particularly enjoyable at night. I bet it is infinitely better at day. As for tanning, “The Beach” is where it’s at! At the top of the boat we put out hammocks and chairs and try our best not to fall asleep in the sun. Fail. Now my face is tanner/burnt on the left side. As for scientific entertainment, I thoroughly enjoy the MOCNESS (a big net that collects plankton at different depths in the ocean). Almost every time it is deployed, it comes back with aliens from the deep! (check out the photos in the links below)

I’ve been keeping busy on a decent amount of my downtime helping other people with their work. One day I woke up at 4AM to pick Trichodesmium. Ooh yeah, 4:30AM is sunrise, 5:00PM is sunset! This ‘ship time’ is killing me. We probably technically passed like 3 time-zones, but the ship stays at Barbados time. I think in Florida it stays light till 9PM now, not fair! I’d report about my personal work, but there is not much exciting about filtering water, so I won’t bore you with the details. Finally, I feel bad about being a “treadmill hog”. There is never, ever anyone on the treadmill… until I get ready to do a 1h20m run on it. How can you explain to them that you are only running 9 miles and will be done soon? Haven’t figured that one out yet, at least now everyone understands why I eat so much food. Anyways, I’m up to 34 miles of running at sea. Woot!

PS – If you missed my earlier blog check it out here.

PSS - My photo galleries are here.

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