I just got home from my last exam and it already feels weird. I haven't had summer vacation in quite some time and I don't know what I'll do with the rest of the time I'm not using working! Oh well, time to find out I guess.
I finally got around to editing my footage from when we went to Iceland last September. We rented a car and drove the Golden Circle, and the next day we visited the Blue Lagoon. I'm not too happy with the quality of it, but maybe it means my GoPro is outdated.
GoPro even has a new editor to make a sort of 30-second teaser. Pretty cool!
After 6 days at sea, I'm headed to Bergen. I'm currently on the ferry from Ornøy to Bodø. I should probably have brought my computer so that I could show it on the map.
This morning I helped with one last sample before packing up my bags. I was given a life suit (see picture below) because I was to be transported using the life boat to get to Træna, where I took the first ferry. It is always a new experience when I go off on surveys, and this gave me flashbacks to my very first sea excursion with the IMR.
I hopped on the boat and held on tight as we drove quite fast to the island. When I got on the pier I took off the life suit and waited for my ferry on Træna.
The ferry ride is going to take 5 1/2 hours in total with a boat change at Ornøy, and finally arriving in Bodø at 8:15pm. Tomorrow morning I will fly to Bergen and then on Wednesday we are bound for New Zealand! This week will be so long with travel, but at least it includes a vacation.
I will be heading back out on survey ("tokt") on December 1st working from a floating dock near Tromsø to mark herring. But since my last excursion I've been at the office learning how to age fish using otoliths or scales. Right now I'm being taught about Norwegian Spring Spawning herring (the most economically valuable fish that we study). Thought I'd share some pictures.