1 – Name and Rank
Thom Linley, PhD student (2nd Year), Human Crane
2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?
Distribution and diversity of abyssal and hadal fishes on the South Pacific.
3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?
The sounds and obscure rhythmic noises that occur on a ship that seem to prompt random music to get stuck in your head. These melodies can then be spread through the ship like a virus.
4 – What do you miss the most?
A bed that I actually fit into.
5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?
So far, the total lack of the deep sea fish family, macrouridae or grenadiers.
6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?
Sleep in a human sized bed. Look at ALL of the internet – every last bit.
7 – What was you vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?
Six. Absolutely violent, every single one of them. No half measures.
8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?
The first line of the Canadian national anthem (see question 3)
9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?
Enough plug converters. Jackets and then having to buy the worst jumper in the world in Wellington upon arrival even after telling others they don’t need jumpers either. I still stand by this advice.
10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?
New species of course, particularly liparids (snailfish).