Today, is a rough day in the Gulf of Mexico. The team wakes to a ship which is rocking heavily. In fact, several members of the team are sea sick for the first time today and many are managing, but there is definitely uneasiness among the entire crew. As normal, the first submersible is launched, retrieved, and the organisms are sorted and preserved. During their trip, those on the submersible use the BushMaster (see Equipment page for a picture), an amazing piece of equipment which covers a tubeworm colony like an upside-down cup, then uses a sharp wire to slice across the bottom. This leaves the tubeworms and the fauna that live on the tubeworms trapped inside. This fauna is important to many of the researchers; they are interested in further studying the organisms which survive on the tubeworms.
Then, around 3:30 PM the waves begin to pick up and cause the ship to rock and sway even more. Due to the risk associated with the retrieval of the submersible upon its return to the surface, the sub crew cancel this afternoon's launch of the Johnson Sea-Link II. This leaves for a calmer atmosphere on the ship, and allows the crew to begin steaming to our final location.
The day ends earlier than normal as the ship is still rocking furiously and traveling quickly towards the east.