Half Day on the Water

Well, I took my anti-sea-sickness pills, and voila’! Did almost okay with a half day on the boat. I *know* I get sea sick, so I was prepared…many of the other team members weren’t sure, and many did not take pills or wear wrist bands. At the end of the three hours, we had five people feeding the fish from the back of the boat:-)

Here’s the diary entry I wrote for Biosphere.

03 April

We’re just off the water and Tim was our super-spotter of the day. He spotted the two dolphin fins that led us to a group of common dolphins. We photographed them and recorded pertinent data, then enjoyed their frolicking around the boat for a few moments before we changed course in search of other cetaceans. On the way back to the harbor Tim then spotted a turtle. Quite impressive given that the sea was rather rough and the turtle less than the size of a dinner plate.

 

Our research vessel, the Physeter
Our research vessel, the Physeter (short for Physeter macrocephalus,the sperm whale)

 

Our first whale sighting -- on land!
Our first whale sighting -- on land!

 

Fore deck lookouts on the Physeter - Slot 1
Fore deck lookouts on the Physeter - Slot 1

 

Common Dolphins (photo courtesy Lisa Steiner + Biosphere Expeditions)
Common Dolphins (photo courtesy Lisa Steiner + Biosphere Expeditions)

 

Loggerhead Turtle (photo courtesy Lisa Steiner + Biosphere)
Loggerhead Turtle (photo courtesy Lisa Steiner + Biosphere)

 

Once docked in the harbor, Lisa gives us a debrief on what we saw and cross-references this to a map of the islands and the sea.

Daily debrief back in Port
Daily debrief back in port

 

 

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