Last Friday the crew gathered at quarters to congratulate BM2 McCann for being selected as the sailor of the quarter. The sailor of the quarter is nominated by the crew for shipboard contributions and professional achievement. Saturday Night we broke out the “sumo suits” and had some comical belly-on-belly matches (see photo). There were no clear winners, but it was a healthy distraction from the daily grind. Over the past week we successfully recovered three and deployed four subsurface moorings, completed over 49 conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) casts, and conducted sub-bottom surveying in the Beaufort Sea North of Barrow and in M’Clure Strait at the entrance of the Canadian Archipelago. In addition, the bird observers sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spotted two unique and rare birds, a Snowy Owl, and Black Guillemot. The observer’s research objective is to gather information on the seasonal migration patterns of pelagic seabirds in Alaskan waters.