While on the cruise we mapped part of the ocean seafloor using the towfish. The towfish was monitored continuously when it was placed in the water. Everyone had two shifts: I worked the 4-8pm and 4-8am shifts along with Chelsea and Dana. As the towfish monitored the seafloor and mapped out the bathometry, sediment, temperature, velocity, and different characteristics of the ocean floor and the water in general, we had to monitor how far out it was being dragged in the water. There was a time (the early morning shift) where the towfish HIT the bottom of the seafloor and we ran out frantically to pull it up! However, it survived and so did we.
|Chelsea, Stan, and I letting out the wire for the towfish to settle in the water.|
|Towfish preparation for the “big drop.”|
|Here I am helping with the CTD for filtering!|
|Mauricio caught a huge Mahi, and we had it for dinner!|
|Charnelle Bland, Valdosta State University|