NOAA Teacher at Sea
Richard Coburn Onboard NOAA Ship
RainierJuly 17 – August 1, 2007
Mission: Hydrographic Survey
Geographic Region: Alaska
Date: July 31, 2007
Weather Data from the bridge
Visibility: 10 Nautical Miles
Wind directions: 325 degrees
Wind Speed: 10 Knots
Sea Wave Height: 1-2 feet
Seawater Temperature 13.9 degrees Celsius
Sea level Pressure: 10009.2 millibars
Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy
Science and Technology log
Flora and Fauna
Some very interesting features here in Alaska are the rocks and the various shapes and textures that they form as well as the animals that inhabit the environment. Below are some pictures illustrating this.
The rugged coastline is abruptly ends with this beautiful cliff. There are so many wonderful vistas I have captured on this trip, each one more breathtaking than the last.
Seals lying on a rock out cropping.
Two eagles perched on the branch of a tree on a tiny island in the Bay of Escobelie
A young deer watching intently from an island while our launch takes readings of the water depth.
Haul out-rocks and beaches where seals come ashore to rest or molt. This haul out was located near Timber Island. The seals watched us but did not seem to react as we got closer. The waves were not large but there was lots happening here so the crew and I were very mindful of not only the animals around us but also the rocks that we could see and we were constantly on the lookout for those we could not see.
Humpback whale feeding. The humpbacks often entrap prey using “bubble nets” to corral prey in a smaller area and consume them. I am very grateful to my TAS colleague Ginger Redlinger for letting me use this picture of a humpback whale. She took beautiful video of the humpbacks while we were both out on the RAINER. She kindly shared this picture with me and I would like to include it here.
This was truly an awesome adventure. I cannot wait to share this with my students, family, friends and colleagues.