Day 12 |
Mar 20, 2010

At Sea, En Route To The Falkland Islands

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist

Co-ordinates: 53º 24.0’ S, 042º 12.5’ W

Weather: Misty conditions, rough seas, 4 to 5 meter swells.

Air Temperature: 4ºC

Sea Temperature: 4ºC

Pressure: 999 hPa

Wind: Beaufort 7 (near gale) blowing at 30 knots from the south.

Today was a typical day at sea. After a couple of very busy days in South Georgia, with quite early starts, today was a great opportunity to sleep in, enjoy a late breakfast, relax and enjoy the onboard lecture program.

At 10 am our onboard Marine Biologist Kara Weller, presented her “Life in the Cold”. In this informative presentation, Kara explained the intricate ways in which animals survive in cold climates – not just Antarctica but other cold areas in the world.

At the same time, our Assistant Expedition Leader Jarda Versloot, was attending inquiries from our guests regarding future cruises.

At 11:30 Peter Damisch invited us to The Theater for a lecture entitled “Tale of Intrigue and Tale of Sheep”. Peter presented a closer look at the history of the Falkland Islands and its diverse history, which spans many centuries of scheming and exploration.

A delicious lunch was followed by “An Introduction to the Green Stuff”. This was a lecture by Hans-Peter Reinthaler in which he presented an overview of plant life on the planet, with special emphasis on the flora of the Falklands.

During Afternoon Tea, Peter hosted a fun and informative Team Trivia contest, and the subject was naturally… history! Amidst giggles, we all got quizzed on our polar history knowledge.

As usual, at 18:45, the Expedition Team hosted the daily Recap & Briefing. Kara and I showed a fascinating video filmed by Charles Swithinbank in 1949 aboard a Norwegian whaling factory ship. Then Peter presented a comprehensive overview of the Antarctic Treaty and Kara told us a few things about fishes in the Southern Ocean.

Although the sea conditions were not the best today, they were better than expected. Despite the poor visibility, lots of seabirds were seen flying around the ship all day. We’ll see what the Southern Ocean has in store for us tomorrow.