2003 Expedition Blog - Day 3

Date:

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 20:33

From:

Gautier Deblonde

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Subject:
Tous le monde est tres excites
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Nous avancons droit vers un iceberg, tous le monde est tres excites, moi de meme. Le soleil est au rendez vous le ciel est bleu il fait deux degrees, on ne le sent pas. Nous prenons l'aperitif, whisky Irlandais tout va pour le mieux.

Gautier

Date:

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 21:03

From:

Gretel Ehrlich

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Subject:
Whales
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Earlier there were whales. First, two humpbacks, then three and four. Instead of heaving ocean, there was the undulation of marine mammals---dolphins, more whales, and thousands of glaucous gulls, some resting on water, others wheeling above and crying. The sea had been wild. Now it is calm. The temperature has dropped, rain has abated, and night is full of sun and icebergs. It is as if we had stopped moving and Bear Island was coming toward us with a polar bear's stealth, with rock cliffs where little auks nest and fledge.

Gretel

Date:

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 22:38

From:

Garry Doyland

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2003 Expedition

Subject:
Midnight sun
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Hey who said geography isn't sexy. The land of the midnight sun has finally come good and its now midnight and the sun is shining, iceberg blueing, and stressing the ocean surface currents ripping away at its side. The ship makes steady progress north with a rolling motion to a landfall with Bear Island where the light glints off a frozen landscape. We are now so far north that the sun won't set here for another 90 days.

Garry D

Date:

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 23:10

From:

Sarah Fletcher

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Subject:
Mysterious places...
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As we approach Bear Island, a rather ominous cloud has decided to settle on top of the cliffs - it looks like something you'd find in a good horror movie! The piece of coast we are heading for is guarded by sea ice... it looks like we may have to find another way in!

On a more positive note - Val and I managed to do some experiments. An XBT drop showed that we were still in Atlantic water. We were alerted to a couple of humpback whales and a minke whale by the presence of loads of seagulls. They were obviously feeding on plankton, which was in the up-welling zone above the shelf. So we did a plankton trawl and got tons of stuff!

However, the swell hasn't calmed down enough for us to even attempt to look at any samples under the microscope!!! As soon as we do, we'll let you know what we find.

Sarah

2003 expedition route map