SCIENCE LOG

S.S.V. TABOR BOY

CRUISE ONE


Friday, January 5, 1996

0800 Hrs
Starting position 32' 22.782 N 64' 40.580 W St. George's, Bermuda
Weather - Partly Cloudy Wind 10 kts. (Beaufort Force 3) NW 0.76 " Rain
Air Temperature 62', Water Temperature 66' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 71%

1200 Hrs.
32' 00.928 N 64' 33.682 W
Plankton Tow Executed, Vessel speed 7.0 kts. for 10.0 minutes. Net is "skimmed"
along surface to reduce pressures but not requiring vessel to slow down. Will
observe sample to discover if technique is successful. Labeled Cruise 1, Sample 1

1300 Hrs.
31' 56.206 N 64' 32.566 W
Weather - Overcast Wind 15-20 kts. (Beaufort Force 4-5) NW
Air Temperature 66', Water Temperature 69' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 67%

1600 Hrs.
31' 36 N 64' 31 W
Weather - Overcast Wind 15-20 kts. (Beaufort Force 4-5) W to SW
Air Temperature 68', Water Temperature 69' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 68%

1700 Hrs.
31' 25.7 N 64' 30.7 W
Weather - Overcast Wind 12-20 kts. (Beaufort Force 4) WNW
Air Temperature 66', Water Temperature 69' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 70%

1725 Hrs.
31' 24.491 N 64' 30.761 W
Bird sighted. White, skinny long body, flight 100-150 feet above deck.
Identified as a White-tailed Tropic Bird

2325 Hrs.
30' 41.551 N 64' 37.701 W
Plankton Tow executed. Vessel speed 5.0 kts. for 15 minutes. Labeled Cruise 1,
Sample 2

Saturday, January 6, 1996

0000 Hrs.
30' 37.2 N 64' 33.9 W
Weather - Mostly Cloudy Wind 12-15 kts. (Beaufort Force 3-4) WNW
Air Temperature 66', Water Temperature 68' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 73%

0130 Hrs.
Observed a large, white halo around the the full moon. Myth would have us
believe a storm is coming. Since two stars are sighted within the ring. Myth,
suggests storm in two days.

0400 Hrs.
30' 06.04 N 64' 36.13 W
Weather - Mostly Cloudy Wind 10-15 kts. (Beaufort Force 3) WNW
Air Temperature 68', Water Temperature 69' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 77%

0800 Hrs.
29' 33.4 N 64' 38.5 W
Weather - Clear Wind 10-12 kts. (Beaufort Force 3) WNW
Air Temperature 67', Water Temperature 68' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 75% , Fabulous moon set and sunrise

1110 Hrs.
29' 6.426 N 64' 38.875 W
A large piece of foam mattress material, approximately 3 feet by 3 feet, was observed
floating at surface

1130 Hrs.
29' 4.570 N 64' 37.834 W
Plankton tow executed. Vessel speed 5-7 kts for 20 minutes. Labeled
Cruise 1, Sample 3

1200 Hrs.
29' 02.174 N 64' 34.189 W
Weather - Partly Cloudy Wind 12-15 kts. (Beaufort Force 3-4) NE
Air Temperature 72', Water Temperature 74' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 67%

1700 Hrs.
28' 31.9 N 64' 22.5 W
Weather - Mostly Cloudy Wind 12-15 kts. (Beaufort Force 3-4) WNW
Air Temperature 74', Water Temperature 72' Barometer 30.13 "
Relative Humidity 67%

Sunday, January 7, 1996

0000 Hrs.
27' 35.304 N 64' 19.022 W
Weather - Mostly Clear Wind 18-21 kts. (Beaufort Force 4) E
Air Temperature 70', Water Temperature 74' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 74%
Plankton tow attempted, but no sample was captured. Vessel speed was too great.

0400 Hrs.
27' 5.668 N 64' 17.386 W
Weather - Clear Wind 20-25 kts. (Beaufort Force 5) E
Air Temperature 72', Water Temperature 76' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 80%

0420 Hrs.
26' 59.0 N 64' 17.0 W
Bioluminescence increasing. One flying fish observed off starboard bow.

0700 Hrs.
26' 46.8 N 64' 17.398 W
Weather - Increasing cloudiness Wind 10-15 kts. (Beaufort Force 3-4) E
Air Temperature 72', Water Temperature 76' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 75%

0745 Hrs.
one flying fish sighted starboard

0835 Hrs.
two flying fish heading northerly

1200 Hrs.
26' 10.08 N 64' 22.71 W
Weather - Partly Cloudy Wind 20-25 kts. (Beaufort Force 5) S to SE
Air Temperature 76', Water Temperature 78' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 76%

1600 Hrs.
Weather - Mostly Cloudy Wind 25-30 kts. (Beaufort Force 6) SE
Air Temperature 76', Water Temperature 79' Barometer 30.11 "
Relative Humidity 79%

2000 Hrs.
25' 24.2 N 64' 35.8 W
Weather - Overcast with breaks Wind 20-24 kts. (Beaufort Force 5) ESE
Air Temperature 78', Water Temperature 79' Barometer 30.15 "
Relative Humidity 78%

2200 Hrs.
25' 09.266 N 64' 36.194 W
Weather - Alto stratus mixed with cumulostratus Wind 25-30 kts. (Beaufort Force 6)
SSE Air Temperature 78', Water Temperature 79' Barometer 30.10 "
Relative Humidity 80%
Flying fish on board

2245
Another Flying fish on board

Monday, January 8, 1996

0000 Hrs.
24' 53.177 N 64' 35.716 W
Weather - Overcast with squalls in area Wind 20-25 kts. (Beaufort Force 5) SSE
Air Temperature 78', Water Temperature 79' Barometer 30.05 "
Relative Humidity 86%

0400 Hrs.
Some clouds. Wind south at 25 kts. (Beaufort Force 5)
Air and Water Temperature 80'.
Course 210'M, slogging under power with sails to steady vessel.
Relative Humidity 90%, Barometer dropping. No discernible marine life.
Moonlight.

0700 Hrs.
Few clouds. Wind SSW by S. 35-38 kts. (Beaufort Force 7)
Air Temperature 79', Water Temperature 79' Barometer 30.00 "
Relative Humidity 82%
course under power with one reef in mainsail and all but jib topsail set.
Course 220'M.

1100 Hrs.
Vessel is hove-to.

1107 Hrs.
23' 59.5 N 64' 57.7 W
Tern-like, white bird spotted off port stern "soaring" over wave tops.
Weather - Mostly Clear Wind 25-30 kts. (Beaufort Force 6) S
Air Temperature 80', Water Temperature 81' Barometer 30.07 "
Relative Humidity 83%
Engine off, proceeding 1.1-1.8 kts hove-to. scales on spray shield of helm from
collision with Flying fish

1130 Hrs.
23' 59.40 N 64' 57.343 W
Plankton tow executed. vessel speed 1.5 kts. for 10 minutes

1600 Hrs.
23' 57 N 64' 49 W
Plankton net in tow. Vessel hove-to in persistent southerly 20-30 knot head winds.
Mostly cloudy. Air Temperature 82', Water Temperature 83' Barometer 29.90 "
Relative Humidity 86%

1530-1630 Hrs.
23' 56.756 N 64' 50.027 W
While hove-to in strong head winds from wrong direction,
Plankton tow is executed. Tow for 60 minutes at 1.5-2.0 kts.
Excellent sample! Many bluish copepods, small fish, Ctenophora,
and "lobster-like" larvae (clear with red dots).
Labeled Cruise 1, sample 4

Tuesday, January 9, 1996

0430 Hrs.
23' 00.3 N 64' 24.42 W
Weather - Overcast with occasional light rain. Heard but never saw a bird overhead
who stayed with us for 10-15 minutes. saw several more flying fish.

0830 Hrs.
"Medium-sized" brown bird spotted off starboard beam.

1100 Hrs.
Weather - Light rain has stopped Wind NW
Air Temperature 78', Water Temperature 80'

1113 Hrs.
two Flying fish off port quarter

1121 Hrs.
22' 16 N 64' 13 W
White tailed Tropic bird sighted

1230 Hrs.
During a one-half stretch of bow watch, 11 Flying fish observed.

1350 Hrs.
21' 58.5 N 63' 58.5 W
White tailed Tropic bird spotted.

1655 Hrs.
Spotter on bow alleges he sees large marine mammal, dorsal fin visible for
moment, swims back and forth ahead of bow wave. Appears to have large white
underbelly and black top. About 15 feet long.

1723 Hrs.
21' 35 N 63' 42 W
Probably same whale breaching both port and starboard bow. Flukes not seen.
Top is dark and ventral pale. Length approximately fifteen feet.
Weather - Clear Wind NE by E Air Temperature 72', Water Temperature 81'

1815 Hrs.
21' 30 N 63' 41.7 W
Final sighting. A pair of whales approximately fifteen feet long. Would appear,
swim along side vessel, then disappear for ten minutes. Grayish-black back,
contrasting white ventral. Did not see head clearly but dorsal fin was well back on
body with a hook-shape. While swimming along side bow, the pair turned sideways
presenting a starkly contrasting color scheme. Then rolled back and swam under
the bow. Later pair seen to blow on starboard quarter.
Identification book suggests
Gervais' Beaked Whale. [Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises by Mark Carwardine, page 122]

Wednesday, January 10, 1996

0900 Hrs.
A school of fish, maybe as many as fifteen individuals observed swimming along
with vessel on starboard side. Fish are a brilliant blue on top and bright red on
bottom. Look like they are shaped like salmon.

0945 Hrs.
19' 48.208 N 63' 49.938 W
One Magnificent Frigate bird spotted.

1050 Hrs.
19' 43.05 N 63' 52.57 W
Very small, small bird starboard beam. School of Flying fish in sync (about 30 at
least!) starboard quarter going NW

1120 Hrs.
19' 41.45 N 63' 54.166 W
One Magnificent frigate bird spotted soaring on port side. Also one school (one half
dozen) fish swimming and jumping on starboard bow. Dark blue tops and silvery
bottom. Tuna shaped about twenty inches long.

1200 Hrs.
19' 39.467 N 63' 56.159 W
Weather - Clear with scattered high thin clouds Wind 10-12 kts. (Beaufort Force 3)
SSE Air Temperature 82', Water Temperature 81' Barometer 30.05 "
Relative Humidity 67%

1400 Hrs.
19' 29.119 N 64' 06.233 W
One pair of Red-footed Boobies sighted soaring and dipping over the water

Thursday, January 11, 1996

0245 Hrs.
Vessel at anchor Cruz Bay, St. John U.S.V.I.
Weather - Clear Wind 5 kts. (Beaufort Force 1) S
Air Temperature 80', Water Temperature 82' Barometer 29.90 "
Relative Humidity 76%

0400 Hrs. Dog Barking ashore. Tree Frogs audible.

0700 Hrs. Seven Frigate birds soaring overhead.

END OF CRUISE ONE, 1996


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