Genoa here! We just left Amchitka Island and are en route to Attu Island, however it will take us about 21 hours to get there, and we have to steam through Buldir Pass which is a section of exposed Bering Sea...Needless to say we are taking our seasick medicine now!
At Amchitka Island we were anchored next to an old World War II pier and one of our dive sites was littered with bullet casings and an old airplane wing! We need to get back to sorting samples so not much time to write, but here are a few pictures from the island!
R/V Oceanus anchored in Constantine Harbor, Amchitka Island.
It may be cloudy on the surface, but underwater, the subtidal world shows off its vibrant colors. In this photo the Dragon kelp (Eularia fistolusa) sporophylls (reproductive kelp blades) are surrounded by hungry sea urchins. Often, kelp can survive on pinnacles like this because the water speeds up as it goes over the rocks and knocks off the hungry urchins. Additionally, the sporophylls are strong and as they sway back and forth in the wave motion and knock off the sea urchins. But kelps that aren't lucky enough to grow on tall rocks or pinnacles lose their defense from hungry sea urchins.
View from the bridge of the RV Oceanus as we steam through Buldir Pass on the foggy Bering Sea.