Birthdays at sea

Ben blows out his birthday candles

June isn’t just a great month for chasing ocean filaments – it’s also a popular birthday month on our Process Cruise! In the past week, we have had three birthdays: Stephanie, Ben, and Cynthia (all, coincidentally, grad students or volunteers in Mark Ohman’s lab).


The science never stops – Ben started his birthday by deploying a midnight MOCNESS tow, and Stephanie and Cynthia each wrangled several Bongo tows and plankton preservationists to celebrate their days – but the chefs baked each of them a birthday cake, and we didn’t let them escape dinner without several rounds of birthday singing. Being at sea is definitely a memorable way to celebrate!

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