For Squishy (RIP 2010-2013)

Archive photo from back in the early days of the cruise when Squishy was so actively profiling O2 and pH in the ocean.

Archive photo from back in the early days of the cruise when Squishy was so actively profiling O2 and pH in the ocean.

Often times we are driven by fearless optimism. It is all too easy to fall into complacency and assume nothing ill will happen. We fail to see ourselves and our abilities as fallible. The sea will remind you of reality; imperfection is natural and any set plans can become trivial. We are sorry we failed you, Squishy.

Squishy, you happily joined the trapping team in 2010, ready to jump in and help.  We fell out of touch with you briefly during the preparations for this cruise, but we were thrilled when you started communicating with us again.  Previous to this cruise, your time was spent fearlessly collecting data with us in Canada, Hawaii, Bermuda, and the ETNP (Mexico).

You were great friends with our first few in situ incubators, Generation 0 and Generation 2. For many cruises you and your incubator teammate were inseparable; both collecting sinking particulates, dissolved oxygen and pH readings in tandem. They will miss you just as much as we will.

Rick jots down final notes as Squishy is placed one last time in the ocean.  Emily, Chloe and Jaqui say goodbye as if they knew it was their last time together.

Rick jots down final notes as Squishy is placed one last time in the ocean. Emily, Chloe and Jaqui say goodbye as if they knew it was their last time together.

You were involved in the successful and unsuccessful times as we continued to develop the incubator systems into what they are now. Without your preliminary measurements, we would not have been able to track the slight decreases in pH and oxygen as bacteria respired in the incubators during sea trials. You helped our research move forward.

We lost you, Squishy, when we were trying to recover you and your sediment trap in the early hours of July 4th. What was supposed to be a routine recovery, took an unfortunate turn for the worse. We lost sight of your buoyancy floats while we pulled in your extra line. Before long, all we heard was a terrible noise and saw a few of the floats drifting off in different directions off the aft deck. We caught one last glimpse of your remaining floats sinking slowly into the abyss.

May the whales off this coast sing to you in your slumber, Squishy.

(Squishy is survived by its siblings, twin sonde Crunchy, and younger quadruplets EXO sondes Aquilina, Remulos, Vinicius, and Jorge.)

Squishy's buoy, good ole' #1, survived the accident.

Squishy’s buoy, good ole’ #1, survived the accident.

Muchas veces estamos impulsados ​​por el optimismo audaz. Es muy fácil caer en la complacencia y asumir nada mal va a suceder. No vemos a nosotros mismos y nuestras capacidades como falible. El mar le recuerdan a la realidad, la imperfección es natural y los planes establecidos puede llegar a ser trivial. Lo sentimos les fallamos, blando.

Blando, que felizmente se unió al equipo de captura en 2010, listo para saltar y ayudar. Nos quedamos fuera de contacto con ustedes brevemente durante la preparación de este crucero, pero nos quedamos encantados cuando inició la comunicación con nosotros. Antes de este crucero, su tiempo se dedicó a la recopilación de datos sin temor con nosotros en Canadá, Hawaii, Bermuda y el PNOT (México).

Preparing to launch Squishy on his last mission. (PS, Squishy's gender is not actually known)

Preparing to launch Squishy on his last mission. (PS, Squishy’s gender is not actually known)

Usted fue muy amigo de nuestro primer pocos en incubadoras situ, generación 0 y Generación 2. Para muchos cruceros que usted y su compañero de equipo incubadora eran inseparables, tanto recoger partículas de hundimiento, el oxígeno disuelto y lecturas de pH en conjunto. Ellos te extraño tanto como lo haremos.
 Usted participó en los tiempos correctos e incorrectos a medida que continuamos desarrollando los sistemas de incubadora en lo que son ahora. Sin sus medidas preliminares, no habríamos sido capaces de rastrear los ligeros aumentos en el pH y disminuye el oxígeno respirado como las bacterias en las incubadoras durante las pruebas de mar. Usted ayudó a nuestra investigación avance.
Le perdimos, blando, cuando estábamos tratando de usted y su trampa de sedimentos recuperarse en la madrugada del 4 de julio. Lo que se suponía iba a ser una rutina de recuperación, tuvo un desafortunado giro para peor. Hemos perdido de vista su flotabilidad flota mientras nos detuvimos en su línea extra. En poco tiempo, todos escuchamos fue un ruido terrible y vimos algunas de las boyas a la deriva en diferentes direcciones fuera de la cubierta de popa. Cogimos un último vistazo a sus carrozas restantes se hunden lentamente en el abismo.
Que las ballenas frente a la costa de cantar a usted en su sueño, blando.
(Blando le sobreviven sus hermanos, crujientes sonda gemela, y cuatrillizos más jóvenes EXO sondas Aquilina, Remulos, Vinicius y Jorge.)

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