Monday, April 23, 2012

Marine Biology is Hard Sometimes

Last time I was in Lubec, Maine for fieldwork it was snowy and frozen. This time it's not... quite. Rather, it's 37 degrees and raining with 25 mph winds blasting frigid Bay of Fundy waves against the seaweed covered rocks that we're surveying.

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Instead of insulated survival suits we're wearing rubber rainsuits over many many layers. Between low tides we're retreating to a little cabin at an old coast guard station. In the closed space we can smell every note of each other's musty socks and hear our annoying cereal-chewing and tea-slurping noises as loud as bombs going off. But we're professional marine biologists, so we can deal.

4 comments:

Johnny Douglass said...

Wow! Sounds like Asheville today. Dark, a freeze warning in place, and ferocious winds blasting the leaves off the trees. What happened to that "arctic oscillation" thingy that was supposed to be keeping this kind of weather above the arctic circle? I hope you have better foul weather clothes than the wet suit I saw in your prior post.

Lady Notorious said...

Sounds pretty miserable, especially the tea-slurping!

Today I have the better of the two jobs, sitting in my nice warm office sipping coffee and checking email.

Hope you're out of there soon!

Frank said...

Us people here in south Texas are just worried that this is to early in the year for eighty degree days. Stay warm James, You chose this life you know.

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