Tuesday 20 December 2011

Scotia Sea

Our first day at sea was peaceful and quiet, which is a good thing, considering the Scotia Sea, like its neighbour to the south, the Drake Passage, is known for its temper... But today we saw its mild side, and we enjoyed the calm seas - we also enjoyed watching (admiring, really) the host of wonderful seabirds that followed our vessel for the best part of the day. We were treated to the elegant gliding of, among other majestic flyers, wandering and black-browed albatrosses, giant petrels in both their white and dark morphs, cape petrels, prions, etc.

We also started our lecture series - and had something REALLY special for our guests: we had our Catalan historian giving a lecture on the history of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands in English, translated into German by our French biologist - how's that for an international expedition team!

Finally, we'd like to use today as an opportunity to send all our friends, colleagues and followers, a Christmas card, as the festivities are getting near.

PS - This blog was written by a Mexican biologist using the photographs of an Aussie...