Today was another field day. I helped out lab mate Jeff in collecting water samples in the Neuse River. Jeff is investigating the natal origins of striped bass in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers using otolith microchemistry. Today, was awesome! Nothing went wrong (which is unusual for field work that I am involved in), the work went quickly, the water was calm, and the weather was beautiful.
The only thing really interesting or different about today was that it was the first time that the responsibility of captaining the boat was put solely on me. Throughout the summer I have been conducting my research in conjunction with a commercial fishermen, so I haven't needed to drive the boat myself. I am by no means afraid or inexperienced when it comes to driving boats. I have been driving boats for most of my life, but mostly on small lakes and it's a whole different experience driving boats in large rivers/estuaries. Also, I find that recreational boating is way different than boating for work, when you have a specific goal, like completing research, it can be a bit stressful. Fortunately everything went swimmingly so I will just present a short pictorial narrative of the days events.
As stated previously the day was beautiful