CE 100014 Cruise Blog
Hi everyone, my name is Sharon Doherty and I’m a student studying marine science at the University of Ulster. I’ve joined the scientific party aboard the Celtic Explorer for 3 weeks to investigate the Irish cold water coral reefs. I am currently on my placement year from university and I will be counting this expedition towards it. Continue reading
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As the cruise comes to an end the seismic streamer and air cannons are deployed for the last time – Multibeam continues mapping the Bay of Biscay sea floor and Chirp is still chirping – Last night’s grab comes up empty.
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We have had the luck of the draw with the weather for the first few days; but on this, Day 4 of the CORALFISH/HERMIONE survey, the Atlantic swell has won. Continue reading
Today marked our first day of work on the HERMIONE/CoralFISH cruise; these overlapping projects focus on areas of biological wealth, which have either high numbers of species or rare species associated with a distinct area. Continue reading
Monday 26th October
Another fine day begins as the sun shines on the Pourquoi pas? There is still a bit of a swell today but I think I must be getting used to it as I don’t find myself staggering about as much as I did at the start. Continue reading
Sunday 25th October
The storm that everyone was talking about yesterday never seemed to materialise, instead today was a beautiful day. I even ended up sunbathing on the foredeck. Scampi and Calypso are deployed possibly for the last time this cruise.
Saturday 24th October
Or is it the calm before the storm?
It seems very quiet on board the Pourquoi pas? today with only Chirp and Multibeam working. There is a slight swell but maybe everyone is waiting for bad weather to come which is forecast to hit us this evening. Continue reading
Friday 23rd October
The sea was much calmer yesterday, there was still a slight swell but nothing like the previous two days. Calypso and Scampi both deployed successfully.
You can now read the French version of this blog and we are now also able to send videos to YouTube! Continue reading
Wednesday 21st October
Despite the R/V Pourquoi pas? being quite a big ship it feels as if it has been tossed about quite a bit and I think one or two people are suffering slightly. Even with my patch, I had to go and have a lay down for a while to let my tum settle down. In terms of severity I am guessing that this is nothing too serious, but for an amateur sailor like me, it is quite enough. Continue reading