Sunday, January 17, 2010

Beyond the rough patch in the Scotia Sea

16 January 2010
At sea in the Scotia Sea

We departed fabulous South Georgia from the northwest corner of the
island, heading straight for Paulet Island on a course of 220 degrees.
The morning began with an early Snow Petrel which repeatedly circled the
ship. Photographers captured some great images! A couple of Blue Petrels
passed the ship, but overall, bird life was relatively slow. A few whale
spouts were spotted, at least one being a Fin and one Southern Right
Whale. The seas continued to abate throughout the day. This evening,
they are quite managable. Everyone on board is well. Our lecture program
contined with the husband/wife team of Scott and Linda Terrill. Linda's
show about geology, "Gondwana to Graywhacke," was very informative.
Scott's talk, "Natural History of the Petrels, Shearwaters and
Storm-Petrels," filled in the gaps of our previous lectures regarding
the tubenose family of seabirds. Don Doolittle has stuck up some real
bridge games in the bar. I believe he is giving instuctions in the game
to four of the passengers. Debra Shearwater began collecting
photographic images from the passengers for the logbook and final voyage
DVD. Finally, we would like to wish our Chief Mate, Yuri, a belated
Happy Birthday! Yesterday, was the day. So, all is well on our little

Albatrosses forever,
Debi Shearwater
On board Professor Multanovskiy, charter voyage

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