Oceana Latitude – Today marks the final day of the mapping the plume expedition. This morning the Oceana team pulled up the last two moorings of the trip and cast one last CTD scan.
Test strips will be sent back to a lab and will be analyzed. Initially, the strips will be placed under a black light. If the strips glow under the black light they have been exposed to hydrocarbons. Further testing will be done in the lab to determine levels of exposure.
To show his appreciation the Oceana crew was bestowed a gift from Poseidon himself. A fleet of Dolphins escorted the Oceana Latitude for hours back to the port. A sign that life is returning despite the horrible tragedy that took place months ago.
Now the journey takes us back to Gulfport, MS, were the ship will reload supplies, say farewells to departing crew and welcome new members to the expedition. Stay tuned!