We are halfway to Lost City now, but slowing our approach because Hurricane Helene is on track to meet us there. While politely waiting for Helene to leave the area, we needed to find something to do, so we conducted tests and optimized our lab protocols. Because scientists are always happy to run tests and optimize protocols. Yesterday we stopped to do a test dive with ROV Jason, to make sure all of our equipment is working properly in the water. There were a few glitches, as usual, which should be easily solved. Today we collected samples of “background” seawater using Niskin bottles on a CTD rosette. We will use these samples to practice our lab protocols and to compare to the Lost City samples as control samples.
Hopefully, the weather will allow us to apply these optimized equipment and protocols at Lost City soon. Stay tuned!