This morning we arrived on site, -22.180S, -176.601 W; Mariner vent 1900 m below us. There is a storm somewhere to the west of us, and is generating occasional large swells. Tito, the ROV Jason expedition leader, has decided we need to wait till the swell diminishes some, so we decided instead of waiting at Mariner, we will head up North to our northern most site, Kilo Moana. Ultimately we'd need to make this transit at some time, and why not now while we wait for the seas to subside a bit? Kilo Moana is about 240 km away. We'll pass to the west of Tongatapu and hopefully spot an island or two on our way up (as we did this morning). Karen also spotted her first Albatross this morning, which was a special treat for an early morning rise.
|Small island welcomed our morning sunrise today|