GERRINGER

GERRINGER

1 – Name and Rank

Mackenzie Gerringer, PhD student (1st Year, University of Hawaii), Covert Intelligence Officer.

 

2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?

To sample fish and find out what their eating and how they are connected to the overall system.  Energetics too, should really mention that, oh and to gain experience in hadal sampling but most of all, to spend time with Ryan.

 

3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?

Landsickness, looking forward to that.

 

4 – What do you miss the most?

Gum.

 

5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?

Conversations with Alan Jamieson and games of ‘would you rather’ with Ryan.

 

6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?

Try to stop swearing in a Scottish accent.

 

7 – What was your vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?

Seven, watery and of low intensity, lady voms.

 

8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?

Rooting for the bad guy by the Wildhearts (Alan approves of this)

 

9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?

Nothing.

 

10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?

Hoping for a new Liparid, but any data would be good.

EUSTACE

1 – Name and Rank

Ryan Eustace, Undergraduate student (4th Year), The crustacean kid

 

2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?

To enhance my knowledge and understanding of the capturing and sampling of abyssal and hadal fauna and learning from the Master.

 

Eustace, the crustacean kid.

Eustace, the crustacean kid.

3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?

Quantity and quality of food – in a good way.

 

4 – What do you miss the most?

The cold Scottish days and nights.

 

5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?

Seeing the gear deployed and recovered, also, the decapods from 4100m were pretty sweet.

 

6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?

Go down the Machar pub for a few pints and whiskey.

 

7 – What was your vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?

Six, just bile, average to strong intensity.

 

8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?

Mulan- let’s get down to business.

 

9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?

My dissection kit

 

10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?

Something that is just bizarre, preferably crustacean or something green or better, a green crustacean

 

RITCHIE

1 – Name and Rank

Heather Ritchie, PhD student (2nd Year), Morale officer

 

2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?

Phylogeographic relationships of abyssal and hadal amphipods (Crustacea) of the Pacific Rim.

 

Morale officer Ritchie, pretending to be serious.

Morale officer Ritchie, pretending to be serious.

3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?

Finding Ryans underpants on the floor of my cabin.

 

4 – What do you miss the most?

Crisps

 

5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?

The decapod samples from 4100m in the SouthFijiBasin.

 

6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?

Have a long hot shower that doesn’t sway or flip from freezing cold to blisteringly hot every 20 seconds.

 

7 – What was you vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?

Two.  Average intensity. Lady like.

 

8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?

‘Steal my sunshine’ by Len.

 

9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?

Conditioner and crisps

 

10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?

If and if so, what species of Hirondellea (Amphipod) live in the New Hebrides Trench.

 

LINLEY

1 – Name and Rank

Thom Linley, PhD student (2nd Year), Human Crane

Linley.  On deck.  With Unicorn pillow.  And GoPro on head. Suns out, guns out.

Linley. On deck. With Unicorn pillow. And GoPro on head. Suns out, guns out.

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).

JAMIESON

1 – Name and Rank

Dr. Alan Jamieson, Senior Lecturer, Supreme Commander of the Pacific Rim.

Jamieson driving the boat somewhere near the tropic of Capricorn on the way to New Caledonia.

Jamieson driving the boat somewhere near the tropic of Capricorn on the way to New Caledonia.

2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?

Lead the research assault on the SouthFijiBasin and New Hebrides Trench as part of the ongoing HADEEP projects looking at abyssal and hadal communities. … and to make sure we don’t lose any gear, dignity, appendages or students on the way.

3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?

Although by now I should expect this, I always seem surprised about how miserable it is and just how grumpy I get.

Also, I didn’t expect that the underside of the top bunk would bend so much when Thom gets into it.  One day he’ll come crashing though and it will be messy.

4 – What do you miss the most?

Silence.

5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?

The unbelievably good performance of the Hadal-Lander (at last)

6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?

Play ‘rumbles tumbles’ with the kids, followed by a 24 hour soak in boiling water, followed by 24 hours of staring into space, in silence.

7 – What was your vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?

None.  No medication either, although there were times I was close, I swallowed quite a few, if you know what I mean.

8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?

‘The buzzards of Greenhill’ by Les Claypool, although the other day when bringing in gear I had the theme tune to the smurfs in my head. Pretty random.

9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?

Enough cable ties, contact cleaner, rings to rig the fish trap ballast, enough 3T swivels, enough 13mm spanners, 2 flags for the landers, counterweights for the flags, a sense of humour, a pair of sunglasses that aren’t rubbish, sunscreen, snacks, new music, screw driver fittings for the cordless drill, hacksaw blades.  It goes on.

10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?

Personal justification for spending 26 days being rattled around on an inshore trawler somewhere near the edge of the Earth.