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August 12, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

A visiting polar bear sniffs at the water near HEALY.
A visiting polar bear sniffs at the water near HEALY.

We’re back north of the Arctic Circle, and we met up with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship, the Louis S. St. Laurent, last night. We conducted flight operations in order to transfer a few of our science party members to their ship, and to take a few of theirs onboard HEALY. We’ve gone our separate ways for a few days, and in the meantime, we’ll be conducting dredging and piston coring operations. Then we’ll start mapping in tandem with the Louis.

On Saturday, the Engineering Department provided our morale dinner, cooking chili and wings for the crew. The movie in the hangar was Mission Impossible. We’re looking forward to Deck Division’s burgers this coming Saturday.

ENS Charlie Sinks and ENS Holly McNair conn the cutter through a gravity coring evolution.
ENS Charlie Sinks and ENS Holly McNair conn the cutter through a gravity coring evolution.

On Monday, we conducted a deep cast of a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth sensor. Lowering the equipment to almost 2900 meters took over two and a half hours, during which we remained stationary. The smell of the roast beef we had for lunch must have still been wafting from the ship, because a curious polar bear came lumbering over the ice to check up on us. He came within a football field’s distance of the ship and stayed for nearly 45 minutes, looking at us inquisitively while he climbed up on ice ridges and splashed in the melt ponds. Most of the crew and the science party crammed onto the port side weather decks, taking pictures and following his antics.

Right now, we’re in open water, but when we meet up with the Louis again, we’ll be making our way up into the ice. During this phase, we’ll reach the highest latitude we’re planning on reaching this summer, around 84 or 85 degrees north. I’ll be sending more updates as we push further north.

Cheers,

ENS Emily Kehrt
Public Affairs Officer

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