Posted by K. Bylsma 08/05/13



Ahoy,  from K.Bylsma, Teacher at Sea, C-IMAGE voyage.

Departure time was delayed from St. Petersburg as we have taken on equipment that will supply the crew that immediately follows our outing ( for the next two months).  They will be core sampling the sediments and more macro level studies.

Did you know?? The Weatherbird II costs $10,000 PER DAY to operate – crew and equipment. That’s a lot of grant money ! ( I’ve interviewed a couple of scientists who can vouch for that)

Why are we here and what are we going to be doing?

Under the leadership of C-IMAGE Scientist, Dr. Kendra Daly ( C-IMAGE continues its offshore surveys of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Horizon Well

Before we talk about the actual tests being conducted, I wanted to share some of the resources I located for teachers to use in the classroom. Why is the Gulf of Mexico important?


* Some of the notable resources that I used in background building were , NOAA, National Geographic, Smithsonian  and ( role playing games for environmental situations).

Discussing the topography of the Gulf, chemical properties of the stations of water

* another resource for background that I located was Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oasis, a 35 page resource from the U.S Department of the Interior.

* Then, I collected a list of misconceptions that students have about the oceans , 110 Misconceptions about the Ocean “ by Robert Feller , Oceanography magazine, December 2007. (great for all ages)


We’re on our way and headed to our first testing site in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve spent the time labeling H20 containers for testing ahead of time. Over the course of 8 days, we will have collected data from 11 different sites around the Gulf of Mexico (each voyage, though, has a different set of data collections sites compared to the Deep Water Horizon, or DWH site). Next, we’ll introduce you to the crew and our activities. It’s 3:25 pm on August 5, 2013. Out.