Posted on June 26, 2012 by Alessandra Pistoia
After looking at the data from the boat ride and outriggers, we could not see clear transitions of temperature or salinity so we decided that collecting data at a smaller spatial scale might correct for this. The day was spent mostly in water. Courtney and I used long surf boards with loggers tied to the end to collect data closer to the shore line. The waves were rough making the ride in difficult. I landed on rocks and Courtney had to swim to the closest sandy beach. We both made it safely without any bruises or scratches and with big smiles on our faces. We had a blast!
Then we moved to another bay area to collect data. Snorkeling was the preferred method here because it was very shallow and we did not want our expensive loggers to be banging against the ocean bottom. I collected water samples when I felt the temperature change. I was weary that I would not be able to feel such a slight change in temperature, but when I got out there it was unbelievable how reactive our bodies are to temperature changes. My skin could feel cool areas and warm areas. It was fun to play around with such a reaction.