We pushed off from Manzanillo right on schedule this morning, at around 9 a.m., and began our transit south. The storm in the eastern Pacific has strengthened into a hurricane, but the captain reports that it seems to be moving along its predicted path away from our study area. As of today, it’s expected to be at least 250 miles away by the time we reach the field site a few days from now.
After setting up the labs and berths on the ship while in port, we’re happy to be under way. This morning, the science team received safety training and mustered for fire and boat drills. We also got our first briefing from Alvin expedition leader Bob Waters, who explained the sub’s life support and camera systems. Everyone is looking forward to the first dive later this week.