11 July 2012

CSR_8 (July 2nd - 8th) 2012

Imagine for a moment to be on a boat in the middle of the sea, no land around you, the stars over your head and only the sound of water. Suddenly a blow and a dark shape on the surface of the sea catch your attention. It is about 4.30 in the morning and you may think it's definitely time to go to sleep! Then again the breath and the same shape, closer this time. This can not be a mirage, and actually it is not! The crew of the "Pelagos" has witnessed a unique spectacle. Fin whales blowing and swimming a few meters from the boat during the night navigation, then dive and disappearing into the darkness. Other fin whales were spotted during the following days as well as sperm whales and striped dolphins. A week ended with a total of 31 sightings, including 7 of fin whales, 4 of sperm whales and 20 of striped dolphin. Last but not least, a close-knit and collaborative international crew made ​​the week aboard "Pelagos" even more enjoyable. As Douglas Adams wrote,  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

The CSR Researchers Team, Becky, Jenny, Brandon and Nino

Following link is for participants of this week's expedition, showing the ship's route, pictures of some of the sightings and of some moments of the cruise which were memorable (or even not so...).

Ai partecipanti al turno รจ dedicato un link con il percorso effettuato durante la settimana, le foto di alcuni avvistamenti e qualche immagine dei momenti da ricordare - importanti e non.

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