Hello from the R/V MacArthur II! We're out here west and north of the Hawaiian islands surveying for marine mammals and seabirds. Believe it or not the government pays for us to do this as part of compliance to the Marine Mammal Protection Act!! Check out the HICEAS website if you want to know what we're up to out here... officially speaking anyway.
Here's the "Mac" before she pulled out of Maui 13 days ago. She's a sturdy girl at about 240 feet from stem to stern, and more importantly she's outfitted with a gas grill and an electric smoker (I didn't even know there was such a thing) for some mean smoked Mahi Mahi! Stay tuned for updates on that.