Saturday, March 12, 2016


Natalie with the last salts sample of the cruise. I surmise that her expression is a mixture of relief, happiness and sadness (that this is all over). I think we all felt the same way.
You read that right. After 83 stations and 25 days of almost non-stop sampling, the science portion of the I08S cruise has finally come to an end! Ok, that's not entirely true. We may have done our last station, but there is still a lot of work left to do. Some groups have to do underway samples on the transit back to Fremantle. Additionally, there is the whole business of trying to make sense of all the data we collected. One could argue that the science is just beginning. But for now, we will just savor the moment.

The night-shift CTD watch enjoying a well-deserved rest.

Sunrise after our last night of sampling. We are now heading east back to Fremantle.
We have a four day transit back to Fremantle. Over that time, we will try to rewind our body clocks to a normal sleep schedule while trying to get our belongings in order for the final disembarkation. I will also try to wrap up this blog. I have few more posts in the works that I hope to publish within the next week.

Stay tuned for more. We are almost at the end  - at the end of this chapter at least.


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