We spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening transiting to our next station where we arrived around midnight. It is a deep station in about 3500 meters of water so all of the sampling times are long as the instruments make their way through the water column. Sampling has continued into the morning with two deep multi-cores happening. Once the second multi-core is up, we will transit to our next station, also a deep station before heading north and hopefully back into the ice.
As is customary on research ships when working in a deep-water area, all of the researchers and crew decorated styrofoam cups to send down on the instruments to the depths of the Bering Sea where the pressure is so great that the cups compress dramatically. It is the best souvenir to bring home from a research cruise. I write the date, cruise number, location, and a few other details on my cup and put it with the other cups to send to the bottom of the sea.
I am looking forward to adding these to my collection.