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Adam U’s Summer at Sea

Oct. 30th 2012

SCARPA athlete Adam Ü seems to have found the perfect balance between work and play. A marine biologist by trade, he spent the summer touring around islands in the South Pacific doing marine mammal surveys. He arrived home to the Pacific Northwest just in time for some late season marine mammal surveys near Juan de Fuca Plate. Now that the weather is changing, he will put on his ski boots and spend the winter touring around the Cascades. Rough life, we know.

Adam Ü + summer = sea time.

Every spring I make a transformation from Adam Ü: professional skier to Adam Ü: marine biologist. This year the transformation was especially abrupt; in mid-April I bid my skis adieu and flew from snowy Mt. Baker to American Samoa to join a research expedition on the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette.

There was plenty to see in the month it took us to sail from American Samoa to Hawaii. Here’s a Red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda.

Here is a nice group of Fraser’s dolphins Lagenodelphis hosei.

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