(Diary written for Biosphere Expeditions)
Our first Expedition is over, and most of the team has gone home. Our last day on the water showed us both the highs and the lows of being on a research team. Once again we were lucky in our sightings– sperm whales with babies, more fin whales, and a species not often seen here: false killer whales. We then spent the entire afternoon without any sightings, following transect after transect listening for, and not finding, a last sperm whale.
We did manage to take a group picture (see below), and Axel designed and painted our 2012 Biosphere Expeditions remembrance on the wharf.