The crew leveraged the extra time during our transit to conduct a man-overboard safety drill and train new personnel. Here, the ship is maneuvered to recover a buoy thrown overboard and used as practice to test man-overboard recovery skills. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 8.8 MB).
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer continued underway transit mapping to the first dive site planned in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Onboard, personnel continued troubleshooting an internet connectivity issue, conducted training and maintenance, and prepared for our next remotely operated vehicle dive. The team also leveraged the transit day to conduct a safety drill and do some education and outreach. We conducted a Facebook Live event in the morning to share information about the expedition and answer questions from the public, and we closed out the day with a presentation on systematics and naming a new species from Science Lead Dr. Chris Mah.