Noon Position: 31°49'26.40"N, 119°20'42.00"W
Thanks for all of the fantastic questions and comments you have sent our way! Today is our first full day at sea and the crew is still getting used to the swing of things. Only one case of sea-sickness so far, and we’ve spotted some pretty cool wildlife. This morning we spotted four Fin Whales roughly 100 yards of the starboard stern of the vessel, and one more whale who was a little too far from the boat for us to identify.
Many of you are wondering the same question: what are we going to eat? The Alguiita is full any kind of food you can imagine. Last night the crew had stuffed mushroom and a fresh green salad. This morning we woke up to a homegrown boysenberry cobbler cooking in the oven. As many of you saw at the send-off, the deck is full of delicious fresh produce; we have everything from kale to chocolate persimmons to snack on.
Vilen, Alex, and Rony for Los Angles Senior High School (Los Angeles, CA, USA):
You wondered if we will have the time to enjoy the ocean while we are out here during research. Of course! We are kept busy between keeping watch (you never want to leave the helm of the boat unattended!), changing sails, and collecting and preserving samples. But there is still some down time to watch for marine life and bask in the beauty of the ocean.
Kevin from Woodlake Elementary (CA, USA):
The goal of our voyage is to reach the International Dateline, which is an imaginary line that splits the globe in half lengthwise. It is located at along the 180 longitude line. We want to reach this point because we have never sampled for plastic pollution in here, and it is important to figure out where the plastic is, and how much is out there if we want to figure out a way to fix the problem.
East Hills 4H (San Leandro, CA, USA):
Yes we will catch fish, both to eat and to analyze for pollutants. We will take tiny tissues samples from the fish and freeze them so we can analyze them later to test them for pollutants
Kindergarten Students from Escuela Nº41 Montevideo, Uruguay:
See above to learn more about the food we have with us and we have a water maker that can treat the sea water and make it drinkable.
Woodlake Elementary 4th graders (CA, USA):
Joel said he is looking forward taking photos of Whale Shark sand Oceanic White Tips and Drew said the coolest thing he has ever captured on video were the bioluminescent sea creatures during the 2002 Alguita gyre voyage.