|We’ve just arrived back in Wellington. We experienced rough seas this morning and as a result, had to remain inside packing equipment until we arrived at the mouth of the harbor. It felt like a rollercoaster this morning as the ship rolled on the large swells. It was sort of fun to experience the weather, knowing that we would be in port soon. During our efforts to prepare for departure, we stumbled around our rooms and through the halls.
Around 2 pm this afternoon the Pilot boat pulled up to transfer the pilot, a local captain who helps ship captains safely navigate the harbor. This procedure is customary at most major shipping ports. The transfer of the pilot to the ship was a bit tricky due to the high seas. But they have had a lot of practice, and the pilot was transferred without troubles.
We have had a successful and enjoyable time at sea. I want to use this last journal entry to thank the excellent Captain and crew of the R/V Kilo Moana. This scientific research would not have been possible (and as enjoyable) without their expertise and assistance. I’d also like to mention that Jim, the crew member who was injured during the cruise, is doing well. We are glad to hear that he will rejoin the ship in Wellington. Thanks to all those who work aboard the R/V Kilo Moana! Additionally, it’s important for me recognize the financial support of the MARGINS program of the National Science Foundation. MARGINS is supported several cutting-edge research efforts. Please follow the links on this web site to learn more about the other exciting science being conducted around the world.
Also, thanks to all of you who have followed our adventure at sea and given us feedback. I’ve learned a lot and hope you have too!