After a day of running around Killybegs getting our final medical certificates needed to go on the voyage, we were back on the ship and ready to set sail for the Norwegian Sea. Before setting sail, we took the tender, the Tom Crean, out for spin to get some shots of the ship from the water. It was a lovely day (I could have stayed out all day), but we ventured around the harbor, checked out a few things, and then were hoisted back into position on the ship.
The RV Celtic Explorer
The ship from the Tom Crean. (Thanks Pat for the lift)
A scenic area in Killybegs
We pulled away from the dock just after 1500 hours (3pm) with calm seas, light wind, and sunshine. As always, I was up on the bow as we steamed out of the harbor, past the lighthouse and along the Irish coastline. It was a beautiful voyage for the next few hours as we passed by sea cliffs and hidden beaches.
The lighthouse on the way out of Killybegs
The Cliffs of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag)
Now it is a three-day steam until we reach our first sampling area. Plenty of time to get acquainted with everyone and the ship…
After a bit of time on land, it is time for Gaelin and Global Ocean Exploration to head back out to sea. We will be embarking on the R/V Celtic Explorer departing from Killybegs, Ireland and heading north into the Norwegian Sea. Gaelin is honored to be carrying the Explorers Club Flag #81 on this expedition.
The purpose of the voyage is to track Atlantic Salmon Migration at Sea. The scientists I will be working with have completed a comprehensive genetic map of the rivers of Northern Europe and now are taking their sampling out into the ocean where they will collect specimens in order to add the ocean migrations into this map. Understanding where the Atlantic Salmon go once they leave the rivers is of vital importance to creating conservation strategies for this fish prized for food and sport fishing.
Currently, I am finishing my preparations to fly out to Ireland this evening where I will visit the Marine Institute, get some final safety certifications and then head out to sea on Tuesday. Stay tuned to the blog for updates about the voyage and the science, and lots of pictures!
Map of Voyage
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