I am preparing the samples for their final trip back to the University of Miami, where they will be shipped out to the individual researchers. A ton of effort has gone into making this cruise a success, and we have 363 of samples to prove it!
As my first research cruise as part of my dissertation, I have helped conduct fast-paced science in a challenging environment. A typical day on the M/V Spree involved intense periods of sample processing on the 107° open deck, followed by hours of database entry, great food, and naps. We were visited throughout the day by interesting marine life, notably silky sharks, mahi mahi, flying fish, and dolphins. Each day is filled with interesting, memorable, and downright strange experiences, however, all of our ten days ended with a beautiful sunset. Until August (the next Pulley Ridge cruise)! :)