Day 8: GLAD Expedition – Codename “Wild Goose Chase”

The S1 recovery operation (codenamed “Wild Goose Chase” in yesterday’s post) is almost done. Informal (and modest) estimations had us finding around half of the originally released 90 drifters. At the time of my writing this (seven hours into this operation) 77 of the 90 initially released have been recovered. I would not be shocked if we were able to get all 90 that we need to get, so this is a rather exciting turn of events.

My morning and early afternoon was spent on the small boat I.B.I.S. I have a sneaking suspicion that I.B.I.S is an acronym, but my standards of journalistic integrity prevent me from airing errant hunches.

In any case, recovery has been much like deployment, except that the drifters are now arranged in a [classified for scientific purposes] manner rather than in the neat little nodes. Once the white drifter bodies are recovered, the GT-31 boxes are snipped (along with the flashing LEDs), and the bodies are cast into the drink again. One really neat part of the recovery process is seeing the multitudes of fish that crowd each drifter. They ranged in size from fingernail-scale crabs to meal-sized mahi mahi. And they were fearless. We were able to get some cool footage of our new animal friends, so look for that to be added to the CARTHE Facebook page in the near-ish future.

They say that the sun takes it out of you. Rather than argue with ancient wisdom, I’ll let it be and head to dinner. Tomorrow the cogs of our drifter-manufacturing machine will be turned by our able hands (and hopefully some background music). Who needs deck space, anyways?

Nathan Laxague signing off (somewhere between drifter body 82 and 84).