August 21, 2019
High-Frequency Acoustic Package Recovery
This morning, the team successfully recovered the High-frequency Acoustic Recording Package (HARP) for the Cetacean Research Program, and deployed a new one in it's place. The ship's maneuvering and crane operations where quite impressive. The HARP will sit around 1,000m deep on the seafloor for the next year, collecting terrabytes of acoustic data listening for cetacean calls. This data will help to document the occurrence of everything from dolphins, to humpback whales, to the elusive beaked whales.
August 20, 2019
After turtle biologist couple Marylou and Jan Willem Staman working two field seasons side-by-side at French Frigate Shoals, this was the first field season time apart. When Jan Willem joined the Sette science team to survey turtles, he neglected to share his plans with his wife, the leader of the FFS turtle camp, that the Sette team will be doing a stopover. Everyone played along to surprise Marylou. It was a touching scene when the small boat pulled up to the Tern Island dock and the mysterious crew member removed his sunglasses and sun mask. Lots of smiles and maybe a few happy tears.
Today, the ship made its first stop at Laysan Island. The field team was in great spirits and worked like a well-oiled machine after a banner year with 40 monk seal pups. We joined the team for a survey, which they delivered their last vaccine for the season, and we used our large team to herd one of the pups to a nice spot for tagging (#39 tagged out of 40). They definitely earned their first ice-cold popsicles in three months!
Lisianski Shore Pen
The team had a great day on Lisianski Island. They were able to help build a secure shore pen for malnourished monk seal pups that are in need of rehabilitation. Rehab candidates can be penned on the beach a few days before pick-up to ensure that they make it onto the ship.
August 15, 2019
August 12, 2019