Nick Andrews Blog Leg 1

August 9: We left Newport about 36 hours ago and it feels like everybody has slowly worked their way in to a routine. Each student is on watch twice a day for 4 hours on and 8 hours off. I’m on watch with Hannah and Josie during the 12-4 block. I think all 3 of us are still trying to figure out our sleep schedules, thankfully there’s plenty of coffee to go around as we get adjusted. There’s a small gym onboard with cardio machines and a set of dumbbells which I’ve found helpful in tiring myself out if I’m having trouble sleeping.

Watching the ROPOS dives has been my favorite part of the expedition thus far. There’s no shortage of marine life during the dives and it’s impressive to watch the operators control the manipulators during maintenance tasks. I was impressed with how quickly they’re able to turn around ROPOS between dives. During one of dives we saw a white octopus that we named Casper living on one of the science instruments. Casper was very friendly and didn’t mind ROPOS performing renovations on his home.