Sleep did not come easy the second day, but eventually it came. I finally faded out to the rocking of the Oden around 1:30 in the morning with a high sun shining through the window. Before I slept, I captured an amazing view of icebergs in Baffin Bay. They were stunning, and apparently the largest icebergs we would see during this expedition. (On the third day, we were able to see some stray large icebergs floating through the blue waters). When I woke up from my slumber the second day, the icebergs had cleared out and the view was open ocean for as far as the eye could see. There was absolutely nothing corrupting the water that day. Just calm waves of deep ocean blue flowing by us.
The second day came with CTD Rosette lessons (CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Density). Rosette refers to the shape and structure of the many water tanks arranged in a circle along the sides of the frame which collect the water samples for further testing in our labs. Once we arrived in James Sound, an impromptu stop along the way to our first major stop in Pond Inlet, the chemistry group launched the first CTD Rosette’s of the expedition. They collected many samples in the water columns for further testing.
We all took a break for lunch and had salmon and steak, a meal most of us would consider suitable for a special occasion! The chefs on the Oden have majorly surpassed all of our expectations. We were expecting to be eating sardines out of a can, instead we have carefully crafted meals made with attention and the intention to keep us full and happy. It was a calm day in terms of work load for team PO (physical oceanography). We have been working on preliminary organization of data and writing out our blogs and such. Preparation is absolutely key in a fast-paced environment like the Arctic. Being prepared allows us to move around and shift our tasks at the turn of a heel.
Team PO decided to get their floatation suits together and we had a blast looking like neon yellow Michelin Men for the time being. These suits are vital for any operations that include being close to the water in terms of zodiacs or if we must go overboard. We had some fun with the suits and absolutely plan on using them on board for CTD operations as well.