Ocean Service Vessel(OSV) Bold: Seafloor Research Cruise
FRIDAY, JUNE 18 – After what seemed like an eternity of planning, the 2010 seafloor mapping team known far and wide as “The Bold and the Beautiful” departed from U.S. Coast Guard Station Boston on Friday, June 18 for the waters of the south shore and Cape Cod Bay. The team, composed of eight CZM, three DMF, and three EPA scientists, was very excited to begin the work of collecting seafloor sediment, organism, and video samples in an attempt to ground-truth CZM’s seafloor sediment maps. Our first station, located just south of Boston, was a success and started the team in a rhythm of collecting and documenting the seafloor sediment and infauna (small organisms that live in seafloor sediments samples). We are divided into three teams, each working a four hour on, eight hour off rotation.
Our home for the next week, the U.S. EPA Ocean Survey Vessel Bold, is a 224 foot long research vessel with a crew of 19 people. The ship’s crew, without exception, is friendly, helpful, and always willing to work with us to maximize our sampling efficiency. We all have the highest accolades for EPA’s Chief Steward Amanda Fleshman, who is making sure that everyone goes home weighing far more than when they did when came aboard.
Over the next seven or eight days, we will be adding photos and hopefully videos to the blog, so keep watching and we will let you know what life aboard an oceanographic research vessel is like.
- The scientific party being trained in the proper use of “Gumby” survival suits. From left to right are DMF Fisheries Biologist Mark Rousseau, CZM GIS Specialist Emily Chambliss, and CZM Intern Alex Boeri.
- Success! Emily, are you in there?
- Departing Boston.
- Deploying the video camera to verify the bottom type.