Sunday 29 December 2013

Onward to Elephant Island

The weather throughout today did not change. All day we had light winds with a few white caps and overcast skies. It was easy traveling and an easy ride.

Lectures were held by on topics including Antarctic fossils, politics and geography of Antarctica, Captain Cook, and the ownership of the Continent.

Riding beside us and cruising in the turbulent air flow caused by the FRAM’s superstructure we had continuous company from Antarctic Prions, Cape Petrels, and our first Southern Fulmars. No whales were sighted today but onboard, talk continued as to how fortunate we were yesterday, to have seen the large number of Fin whales.

As today was Sunday many of us attended the non-denominational but multi-lingual religious service.

Those looking out on the horizon can tell we’re getting close to Antarctica. The first few large icebergs could be seen as we sailed south.

To wrap up the day, the officers held a question and answer session for passengers to gain insight on the ins and outs of FRAM's inner workings.