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The James Clark Ross is now outside the limits of the normal communications satellite.  I may,  from time to time,  be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report,  below.  There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint.  I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work. More information on this can be found HERE

When my phone rings late at night it normally means that something on the Bridge has stopped working and I have to try and get it working again.  Last night the late night call was much nicer,  advising me that another polar bear had been sighted and was close to the ship.  This was the sixth bear seen during the course of the cruise and, at times, the bear was only about thirty or so metres from the James Clark Ross.  Once the ship is back in contact with our communications satellite,  possibly Sunday or Monday depending on how well the science work goes,  I will upload pictures for the period that we have been outside of the link.

It is important to check oneself in the mirror from time to time to ensure you are looking your best!

The one thing that I always notice with polar bears is the size of their paws.  This helps spread their weight on ice,  is good for clubbing prey and no doubt also helps with their swimming ability.

For such a large animal they always seem very good at jumping and do so gracefully.

With a low sun the shadows were long.  Polar bears spend all their time sniffing,  looking for their next meal.

When we first came across this bear it was stretched out on a floe and seemed to be enjoying itself by stretching and rolling around.  Here it is at the edge of a floe and sniffing and looking around constantly.

Another reflection picture.  I imagine that several thousand pictures were taken by all those that were up and about to enjoy the sighting.

  A packed house on the Aft Deck in the early hours of this morning,  all enjoying the close encounter with the polar bear.

The JCR has now reached the most northerly science station and I am told that if all goes according to plan we will then start to head south once again in the early hours of Thursday morning.  It will be a slow passage south as the scientists are going to be stopping off at a number of science stations along the way,  and we then have to try and locate the glider that was deployed on the way north.

It has been another glorious day with sunshine throughout.  The science station today has also seen our deepest work,  with CTDs and coring at a depth of about 3000m.  This is a slow process with the deployment and recovery being carried out at about 60m/min.

In addition to the polar bear last night there was a rather fat seal sighted this morning which allowed us to pass close by before taking to the water.

Previous updates from this trip  The archive only goes to 13th July.  Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.

Noon Position Report  

Latitude: 81 42 N
Longitude: 29 48 E
Bearing: 35 T, 250 Nm from Longyearbyen
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 48.4
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 16.3
Total Steam Time: 167.3
Average Speed: 2.4
Total Average Speed: 8.9
Wind: Direction variable, Force 1
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 1 C Sea Temp: 0.3 C
Pressure: 1014.9 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

 

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com