Friday, 13 November 2009

Scotian Sea

We are in the middle of Scotian Sea, making our way against the wind and waves to Antarctica. A low pressure system is providing us with changeable weather- snow, sun, cloud- and intermittently the ship dips down into the trough of a wave and the fo'c'sle (forecastle) is covered with icy sea-spray.

The crew have regular safety training sessions and today they practiced their fire drill. Here you can see them dressed in their fire-suits and breathing apparatus.

Even though the weather has been changing quite dramatically from sunshine to snowstorm, the seabirds are still keeping us company in great numbers, and today we added only the second observation of the rare white form of the Southern Giant Petrel. These birds seem to revel in the strong, cold wind that is whipping up the ocean.