NOAA Teacher At Sea: Thomas Ward
Aboard NOAA Ship Miller Freeman
Mission: Fisheries Surveys
Geographical Area of Cruise: Eastern Bering Sea
Date: September 15, 2010
The science is going forward with rigor here on the Miller Freeman. If you get a chance you should go back to this link http://shiptracker.noaa.gov/default.aspx so that you can see the area that we have covered. I also made an error in reporting that the seas that made me sick were 9 foot seas when they were actually 12 foot seas. The forecast calls for flat seas, 2 feet, through Friday. I have received a few questions through the blog and I will try to address them here.
Another question that I received is regarding a picture that I have posted on my blog. It was a picture of a volcanic mountain, Mount Shishaldin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Shishaldin A description of this volcano is sufficient in understanding the characteristics of it but its majesty is truly appreciated viewing it in person.
Someone asked if the jellyfish could be petted? We do handle them with gloves on. They are not significant in our study at all. We pull them out of our catch and throw them overboard. They are relatively difficult to pick up and their tentacles are very stringy. They are surprisingly heavy and of course jelly like. While we have gear down and we are moving very slowly, 1-3 knots, at certain locations you can look down and see them swim by, pretty cool. E
We have been blessed here with good weather. The website for the agency that operated my program can be found by going to this linkhttp://www.noaa.gov/ If you were to look around this site you may notice a function of NOAA is to forecast the weather. I believe it is one of the most important factors in people’s lives. When you have a dependable agency predicting weather people can make better plans for what they may want to do. The site that I personally frequent is with in this link http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/index_lite.php