Monthly Archives: October 2012

We have left the Bay of Fundy after several days of good sampling and we are headed back out to the Gulf of Maine, and eventually back to Rhode Island.



We have bare’d off where we had heave’d too, between Grand Manan Island and New Brunswick. We are now back to sampling, en route to station 99 in the Bay of Fundy. We replaced the Craib corer with the simple Van veen (grabber corer) for stations with rocky sediment types here in the Bay of Fundy. Swell and wind have died down considerably to although there is a bit of a lightning storm brewing now, but otherwise we are doing well.

We are into our second day on EN519, a ‘Red Tide’ Cyst cruise in the Gulf of Maine.

We are at sampling station # 15, somewhere off the coast of New Hampshire in the south western portion of the Gulf of Maine.

Everyone almost has a routine down by now. There are 3 watches in the science party, which holds a combined 24 hour watch for the 9 day cruise: 12:00 AM – 4:00 AM, 4:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM.

We saw some pilot and fin whales this morning when the visibility was good; the seas were flat, calm, and the sun was out.

Location: 42 deg., 42.687 North 70 deg., 31.117 West

Time: UTC 299 16:55:00

I am currently aboard the University of Rhode Island’s R/V Endeavor participating in a fall Cyst cruise (part of the GoMTOX project) investigating harmful algal blooms – ‘Red Tide’ in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and the Bay of Fundy in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Follow our ship’s progress here:

On Twitter it’s @GSO_URI

More posts and pictures to follow…