Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Re: in port

16:30 GMT, 16 February, 60�14.2 S 054�39.4 W (ca 50 nautical miles
north of Elephand Island).

We are a few hours away from starting sampling for the second leg.
We'll be using a different net setup, one called a Tucker Trawl. It
allows us to use multiple nets and to open and close them at specific
depths. We'll also use some larger mesh nets with which we'll
hopefully catch bigger organisms (ie fish). I have the 08:00 to 20:00
shift on this leg. Crossing the Drake Passage was very smooth this
time. The weather was mostly sunny and we had moderate winds (20 knots
or less) and seas (10 feet or less). This morning I saw ca 12 fin
whales. Well, mostly I just saw their blows, but one surfaced about 10
meters from the boat, so I got a good look at him/her.

PS 1 nautical mile = 1.15 miles = ca 1840 meters

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