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01/28/2009

Scotia Sea

It has been a quiet day, from the point of view of both the weather outside and life inside. After the bright sunshine enjoyed in the Falklands, we awoke to find the view obscured by think fog. So with no distractions, we could concentrate on the varied programme of lectures. The first was, appropriately, on oceanography in which the richness of the waters of the Southern Ocean was explained and shown to support the huge numbers of whales, seals and seabirds. The course of lectures on the practical use of cameras continued and the handy tips can be put to good use in the Photographic Competition that will run throughout the cruise.

During the morning the fog cleared away and, with the air still warm, there were opportunities to join the expedition naturalists on the stern to watch the never-ending kaleidoscope of seabirds. At one point there was an announcement from the bridge that whales had been sighted and we got more good views of sei whales. The last lecture was on the history of South Georgia, our next destination. It is a small island packed with interest. Later in the afternoon, Minerva crossed the Polar Front or Antarctic Convergence, the boundary between warmer temperate water and colder Antarctic water. We are now in the Southern Ocean, well on our way to Antarctica!
 

   

The Chef serves the special Fruschoppen for lunch.

Watching the Sei Whales on our way to South Georgia.

Photo Coach Richard Harker holds an informal session during Tea time.

Historian Bob Burton speaks about the South Georgia fisheries system.

And naturalist Mike Moore explains some navigation terms during recap.


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