This morning at 9:15, we left the Tonga Trench Station and turned the ship towards Fiji, a 2-day sail ahead of us. The science team, having accomplished all of their experiments, went to catch up on their well-deserved sleep.
The months of planning this expedition have paid off well in the execution. There will be even more months ahead in the lab where experiments will be run, photos developed and samples analyzed. I feel certain that several discoveries will be made with this data, and our limited knowledge of the deep ocean will expand yet again.
I am honored to have been part of this expedition: to watch the scientific leaders of the future testing their limits; to see the boundaries of science pushed back one experiment at a time. I am also reminded of the need to continue our exploration of the oceans, to help us learn to preserve our great ocean frontier for generations to come.
I hope that many of you reading this blog will have the chance to support this research, and better yet, have the opportunity to participate in your own journey of discovery, and sail with Scripps Institution of Oceanography very soon.