Loading up the Tangaroa in Wellington.
RV Tangaroa with a fresh coat of paint
We saw lots of wildlife down in the subantarctic - whales, dolphins, seals, squid, lots and lots of birds!
Southern right whale
In three weeks we were really lucky with the weather with just two storms. The first storm we experienced a week in to the voyage, which stopped us from deploying most of our gear over the side, but we continued mapping. The second much larger storm happened two weeks in to the trip - on Easter day, was much too large to do anything with 80 knot winds and 10 m swells that occasionally broke over the bow and bridge of the ship.
Big storm on Easter day
Knitting and chatting with the bosun Pete during the storm - first and only day off in 3 weeks!
So it wasn't all work... although we did a lot of that and got a lot of samples that I will spend the next 5 years or so working on. When we weren't on shift we sometimes play cards, watch movies, go to the gym, read books, write e-mails, practise the ukelele, do some other work....
The daily card game...
The Tangaroa ukelele orchestra playing a few tunes at the end of voyage party
And we got some great sunrises and sunsets.
Waiting for the green flash at sunset