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Wow, what a journey! It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in Berea, Ohio teaching science and now, just one day later, I am out on the Pacific Ocean aboard this amazing research vessel!
The crew and scientists aboard the R/V Melville have been busy all day setting up equipment and preparing to begin sampling the ocean floor and waters. It is both exciting and intimidating to set aside my role as a teacher and wear the shoes of a student. But already, just hours into this journey, I have learned so much from the graduate students and professors on-board.
As we set off from the shore of San Diego this morning and watched from the bow as the boat cut through the deep blue water, we were visited by a school of dolphins. They leapt through the air off in the distance, disappeared and then suddenly re-surfaced just below us; slicing through the water with amazing agility and just feet in front of the boat. As I watched in awe, I could not help but wonder: “Do they do they swim with the boat for fun? Or maybe they are catching a free ride from the massive push of water behind them? Do they somehow know that 20′ above them there are 5 amazed individuals watching with wonder and glee at their brilliant dance with the boat?”
As we journey to the Santa Barbara basin, seeing the dolphins this morning reminded me of why I love science so much, why I teach it and why I am excited to experience it here on the Cal-Echoes cruise. It is not the answer to what is known that drives science, but the questions that have yet to be answered.