I’m sitting having a cup of coffee at 6am in the mess, having been awake since 3 in order to sample my experiments. Sleeping is a luxury on a research cruise… I’ve done quite a number of incubations so far, but they amount to but a fraction that I will undertake.
So what does one do when up (quasi-)alone on a research vessel? Well, reading is always an option but I’m not too inspired to read the Marquez novels I brought just yet. I’d make some more paper cranes except the captain told me there are already enough avian stowaways that I need not add to their number. That leaves taking selfies in the lab and writing the occasional blog post in which to display said portrait.
On a slightly exciting note, however: while the Keil group was deploying their sediment trap incubators off the fan tail a couple of us were watching a giant shoal of squid from the starboard side. Literally millions. Well, maybe not literally, but I did have dreams of calamari dancing in my head.