Leaving bright and early at 7 in the morning, Kelli, Jeric, and Candace headed out to Marina del Rey for the last of our field days. This time, however, we were doing something a little different. Instead of spending the day at one location taking samples constantly, our goal was to gather surface pCO2 readings from many places. Though complications with the CO2 pro instrument pushed back our expedition by an hour, we eventually climbed aboard UCLA’s Zodiac, a research vessel. Lucia, our captain and UCLA graduate, steered us toward Palos Verdes Coast toward the first of eight sample coordinates. Once away from the shore, the Zodiac picked up speed, thrashing crisp winds in our faces and leaving behind trail of disturbed water. Cutting through the waves in leaps, the Zodiac speedily arrived at our site. The wrinkled silhouette of the sea surface indicated that it was covered with kelp canopy. The abundance of brown, translucent strands was a sight that stimulated mixed feelings: excitement that our water samples would surely be representative of chemical effects of kelp photosynthesis, but also bewilderment at the absence of kelp in our original study location only meters away.
Part way through the day, we met up with Kristen and some members of The Bay Foundation, who were gathering our normal data. Kelli hopped aboard for a couple hours to lend a hand as the rest of the team continued on the Zodiac. Once all the data was collected, we headed back to Marina del Rey. Ultimately the field day was a huge success!