Thursday, 16 August 2012

Day 3 - Life in a washing machine

Stormy seas continue. To battle the waves, the James Cook’s speed has diminished to just a few knots. The team is working well though, despite the effects of sea sickness. A colleague commented that he had had more sick-sickness pills in the last two days than in seven years of research cruises!

The good news is that we are steaming towards the first ROV test dive site and once on station, conditions will improve dramatically. A pod of common dolphin buzzed the ship in the early evening. Common dolphin are easy to identify by their hour-glass shaped markings, coloured creamy white, on their flanks. These little guys, around 1.5 – 2 m long, were having a ‘whale of a time’ riding the frothy white waters on the starboard side of the James Cook.

Common dolphin (Neil Foulks)

At 2.25am the cruise blogger filmed these playful dolphins
just outside the porthole of her cabin.