Monday, 17 August 2009

A day at sea: Melville Bay

A day at sea. A time to relax and a time to learn about where we are and where we are going. Today was cool temperatures, calm seas and overcast all day. Perfect for attending the many lectures that were scheduled for us throughout the day. Amongst other topics we learned about polar ecosystems, ice, whales, and the history of Greenland. The many lectures were followed by informative briefings on our upcoming landings at Dundas and Siorapaluk.
During the day there were a couple of cetacean sightings. It wasn’t until we examined our photographs later that we realized we had seen a pod of Long-finned Pilot Whales! Quite probably they were at the northern extreme of their range. What would we do without digital photography?
At 21:30 we were treated to “Jazz Music and Evergreens, An Evening for Solo Piano” by Henrik.