1 deg 6'S
Longitude: 91 deg 36W
Wind Direction: SSE
Wind Speed: 16 Knots
Sea State 3
Swell(s) Height: 2-4 Foot
Sea Temperature: 63°F (17.2°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1012.5 MB
Visibility: 12 Nautical Miles
Eggs and potatoes
Bacon, ham and sausage
OJ in a bucket
Southern fried chicken
Mashed potatoes and gravy
August 30, 2001
by Christina Reed
call came down to the main lab this morning from the bridge.
Whales on the starboard side. Blues!
Close to the ship swam a pod of Blue whales
sending narrow, vertical spouts into the air as their tiny dorsal
fins broke the surface. Ive never seen
that many whales at once, Ben Grosser said. There had to have been
at least 20 of them.
Blue whales feed by gulping mouthfuls of water, which they shoot
back out through their baleen filters. With their giant tongues,
they lick the inside of the baleen for their favorite food,
krill - small shrimp-like crustacean. They can consume up to
8 tons of krill a day.
We are surveying 15 nautical miles west of
Isabela, and for a brief period of time, a few of the leviathans
escorted us from a mere three ship lengths away. Blue whales
are the largest living animals on Earth, reaching lengths of
100 feet and weighing up to 200 tons. They migrate from the Polar
Regions to the Tropics every year in search of krill.
Before dinner another blue whale made an appearance,
spouting off the starboard bow. I see whales all the time, almost every other day, says Chief
Mate Eric Wakeman. Most often its Humpbacks off of California or
Southern Right whales around Antarctica. The Right whales will stick their heads
up out of the water and look around. I think theyre checking us out, making
sure were not causing any trouble.
It was a rare treat to view todays Blue whales. In 1965, an international
agreement banned commercial whaling of the Blue whale. Hopefully, with these
conservation measures, future expeditions will continue to admire these magnificent
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