Day 11 was a trying day. It was the day after our first sampling day, with its early rising and filtering long into the evening. And it was the day after the small impromptu late night soirée. The day that few faces appeared bright, cheerful, or at all for breakfast. Sampling sessions dragged on for hours longer than if everyone had been feeling, shall we say, healthy. And tired nerves were very strained.
Some of us spent the day trying to clean up from the day before and prepare for the sampling day to come on the morrow. Others did that and set up the first aggregation experiment. While others sat cold and miserable in the boat for hours (missing lunch entirely) while trying to measure carbon dioxide concentrations and take CTD profiles and fill small sample bottles with filtered seawater.