Day 7 |
Apr 10, 2012

At Sea  

By Maria Patricia Silva Rodriguez, Ornithologist

Co-ordinates: 11°35’ 03” N, 63°55’ 50” W (noon position)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 45 km/h - 25 knt wind
Air Temperature: 26°C - 79 °F

I started my day at 7.00h while the Silver Explorer was sailing in the Caribbean Sea. I was preparing myself for a lecture I offered at 10.00h on “Birds in Human Life”, an ethnological approach to ornithology that I’m currently investigating. The concept is to discuss the ways in which birds have been important for humans all across different ages and diverse cultures. I started the lecture referring to the birds in the Ice Age through to contemporary times. The most interesting aspect for me about birds and humans is the way in which we connected or founded supernatural links between birds and spiritual worlds. I also addressed the role of birds in art and science.

It was a very relaxed morning for everybody aboard, perhaps enjoying a spa treatment or watching those incredible Masked boobies flying around the vessel. At 11.15h a seminar about wines and cheese was offered by the head sommelier Kire.

After lunch the educational program continued with a presentation given by my husband and lecturer, Marco Favero, on conservation issues related to fisheries and the interactions with seabirds around the world. Days at sea are certainly so good to catch up with new friends and renew energies after the last intense days in the field, as well as a good opportunity to think and discuss about future cruises with Silversea with the assistance of Tim our Assistant Expedition Leader.

At 3.30h we had an amazing surprise, mother and calf Humpback whales flapping their flippers and spy hopping. Since we had some time, the Captain decided to slow down and sail around to offer our guests a better view. The calf was very small and likely only a few weeks old, and the mother decided not to bring him too close to the Silver Explorer.

Later in the afternoon during tea time there was a fun Trivia game organized by our botanist Hans-Peter, and soon afterwards our Expedition Leader Conrad gave us all information regarding the activities for tomorrow at Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. The afternoon didn’t finish then because later the Venetian Cocktail and Dinner were offered. Such a busy day for a day at sea! Tomorrow new adventures are waiting for us in the Caribbean Islands.