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Day 10 - August 31, 2010 - At Sea, en route to Jan Mayen

By Sue Flood, General Naturalist

Co-ordinates: 75º 55 N, 005º 29 E
Weather: sunny with light clouds, Northeasterly winds, 15 knots

Today was a welcome full day at sea after our fantastic Svalbard adventure. We were all sorry to leave the dramatic scenery of Svalbard behind after so many amazing encounters and experiences.

I woke early and went up to the Bridge to look for marine mammals. The officers on duty had seen a sperm whale sleeping on the surface about a half mile from the ship at around 0415. I was sorry not to have seen it! Apart from a few Atlantic puffins in winter plumage, and the almost ubiquitous Northern Fulmars, we continued our voyage without any major sightings.

The lecture programme continued with a beautifully illustrated lecture on Glacier Ice from our Geologist, Juan Carlos Restrepo.

Later in the morning, Pastry Chef Remy Le Goff demonstrated his art in the Panorama Lounge, delighting the guests with his culinary expertise.

After a leisurely lunch, Marine Biologist Robin Aiello gave a fascinating insight into survival strategies of marine mammals, providing a broader context for those we have enjoyed observing to date.

In the late afternoon we were treated to an advance screening of Photographer Kristine Hannon’s Photo/Video Voyage DVD of our odyssey until now. What a lot we’ve managed to pack into a short space of time! Walrus, polar bears, seabird cliffs, fabulous scenery and interesting geological and historical locations.

A swift change of attire was then necessary for the Venetian Cocktail party before dinner, held in honour of our much-appreciated returning guests.

We all then enjoyed yet another outstanding dinner from our Executive Chef Anne Marie Cornelius and her team.

The evening was brought to a challenging but fun conclusion in the Panorama Lounge with a game of Name that Tune, where guests’ musical knowledge was challenged with the help of Emilio on the keyboard

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