Category Archives: Bering Sea

land ho!

The plan was to come in Tuesday morning, but they had to end the science early for equipment reasons, so the captain decided to bring the ship in early, at 5:30 Monday. To which I, and everyone within a 420-foot … Continue reading

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deadly sea – rawr

As the scientist standing at the window next to me said a few minutes ago: “They wouldn’t show *this* on Deadliest Catch, would they?” The Bering Sea is absolutely dead calm. It looks like a pond, only flatter. You can … Continue reading

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rollin rollin rollin

Here’s how you know you’re on a ship: All the computers are tied down. I don’t think we’ve actually had any boat movement that would be dramatic enough to slide a laptop off a table, but I’m glad they’re tied … Continue reading

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onward from the ice

It looks like we’re headed out of the ice for good tonight. We’ve been in and out of the ice for five straight weeks, but now the boat is pointed toward Dutch Harbor. Here’s a picture of our trail: The … Continue reading

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shadows on the ice

Here’s another picture from that same day when I sat reading outside the bridge. It was really sunny!

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warm in the bering sea

The other day we stopped next to a big piece of ice for a few hours. It was a sunny day, 35 degrees and not particularly windy. The sun was on the side of the ship away from the wind, … Continue reading

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cute little birdie!

In Friday’s dispatch there’s going to be an outstanding close-up of a McKay’s bunting taken by a photographer who knows what he’s doing. But why would you wait for that when you could have a picture by me? The McKay’s … Continue reading

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important advances in snack food science

I’m sorry, it’s taken me much too long to get to this. After my successful oreo inquiry, I knew had to get to the bottom of the question: how do the shipboard Ritz crackers (prepackaged in pairs, for soup-related usage) … Continue reading

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rainbow tour

The ship’s science network, which we can all get onto with our laptops, is full of many useful things. One of the most useful is the map server – you can use it to keep track of where the ship … Continue reading

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fame!

More about me! I know, you just can’t get enough! The lovely people over at Smithsonian Magazine wrote a nice little blog post about what Chris the photographer and I are doing out here in the Bering Sea. Well, actually, … Continue reading

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