Probing the Australian-Pacific Plate Boundary (Pt 8: Sailing Home)

Unlike Sirens, who drew sailors to the rocks by their enchanted singing, causing their ships to sink, Nereids – the daughters of Doris and Nereus, the old man of the sea – were helping sailors through rough seas. These final days of the voyage, when I look back at what we’ve been through and what we’ve achieved, I often think that Nereus finally had mercy on us and we were helped by the good nymphs of the sea to accomplish our scientific goals and set sail for home. How else to explain that we were “given” the entire last week for swathing and the deployment of the remaining ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) without interruption.

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