Carey was out visiting and able to go out with us today on the Laidly! It was a shorter day because we actually were comfortable with the manta trawl process and jumped into the routine. The crew on the vessel are great! They’re always willing to help out in any way they can and make it the best possible sampling event. It was also a shorter day because there was less sample processing…meaning less debris. We were slightly farther downstream and in a different area with different weather the previous day, all of which was accounted for on our data sheets.
While doing visual surveys in the early afternoon, we noticed a dingy with men in protective gear and helmets turn around to pull up beside us. It turned out to be the Coast Guard who was training new recruits on how to pull along side vessels! We took pictures and were going to joke around back at the office explaining how we somehow got in trouble and boarded by the Coast Guard. I think we came to the conclusion that none of us could pull it off with a straight face so we abandoned the joke. 🙂
It was another exhausting, yet satisfying field day…gotta love it!