Last updated: Friday, 24. October 2014 21:11 UTC Local time GMT -2
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The James Clark Ross continues her passage south, and things are starting to change and give a southern ocean feeling. During last night the sea state picked up, along with the swell, and there was a good bit of motion which disturbed my sleep. Taking a shower, both this morning and this evening, proved to be entertaining and care had to be taken at all times. A wet deck and a moving ship are not the best of combinations.
Wildlife has been interesting today. I had a report from Lee, one of the Stewards, who spotted a turtle whilst outside enjoying a cup of tea. I was discussing this with the Captain during morning smoko (tea break) when Greg, the Third Officer and driver at that time, shouted out that another turtle was passing us by. Initially he thought it was a bag of rubbish but as we got closer he realised what it was. By luck my camera was by the door out on to the bridgewing and I managed this photo. We were somewhat surprised as the water temperature is not that warm and we thought it was perhaps too cold for them, but obviously not.
Also on the wildlife front we were joined today by cape pigeons and Wilson's storm petrels (the latter I really do enjoy watching as they skim above the surface of the sea). One problem with the Wilson's is that they are incapable of flying in a straight line for more than about an inch and so are very difficult to catch on camera.
Wilson's storm petrels. More water I feel than bird, but it was the best I could manage this afternoon whilst the ship was on station.
A cape pigeon and an grey-headed albatross.
This evening looked to be a good one for a sunset but since the sun has departed the ship seems to be rolling much more, with the curtains in my cabin moving out from the window on a very regular basis.
For those of you interested in Grid HE, it looks like the ship will enter the grid on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Should it be at a reasonable time on Saturday I will try and get on air for a while, but once in the grid I think we will most likely be in it until late Monday or perhaps Tuesday, so hopefully lots of opportunities for catching me at some point.
We are now getting towards the end of the cruise, with our arrival in Stanley being just over a week away. Considering how far we have travelled we have enjoyed some wonderful weather and sea conditions. Alas from here on in I suspect we will be seeing lumpier seas on a more regular basis.
The RRS Ernest Shackleton has now arrived in Grimsby and is in the process of loading cargo and storing for her trip south.
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