The way of the scientific pirate
Here we are again! It has been some hard days of twelve hours working - sometimes even with literally no time for breakfast - in whatever weather conditions, like good sailors. We are writing this after jumping out of the water with our hands colder than ice, while singing: “I can't feel my hands when I'm on seaaa, but I love it”. But happiness is our way of life, so we keep smiling :)
We finally managed to get a boat taxi to put everybody in their sampling places, always with the company of one of the professors and our most kick-ass, 11 years-old-captain Niels. Elena and Salva got a ride to the other side of the bay three times per day to drop the GPS-equipped floaters to measure the currents through two pipes located there. Meanwhile, Maria and Cynthia took care of the wind station, the depth and the floaters at different points of the bay. Our buoy guy Michiel is in charge of the expensive deep currents profiler and the measurement of salinity and temperature. Finally, our favorite sea wolf Chris doesn’t participate in our cool expeditions - he stays in land recording currents above the bridge and at another pier of the station. Shit happens.
But not everything is work. On Friday our exigent (but even though, loved) EMBC staff gave us a ship trip around the Kosterhavets National Park where we spotted seals! Amazing. But as good marine biologist we never stop researching, so when we arrived to one of the islands we imitated the sun bath behavior of the seals. Yes, we took a nap on the name of science. Anyway we are completely into our investigation, so we keep talking about how to improve it even during lunch and dinner (not during breakfast. Never do science before the morning coffee kids!). Some of us say that they also dream with currents, data and tides. So guys, if you have any idea to improve our work or just want to congratulate us don’t forget you can leave your comments behind. See you in the next post!!