CD 166: Investigating the underwater avalanches offshore Morocco


Daily diary

Monday November 8th 2004

Aggie writes:

"All the ill people are starting to feel better today, and fortunately we don’t have any new casualties. The highlight of the day was the unusual sight of an owl flying over the ship - it did a few laps before it disappeared into the distance ahead of us. We had a lovely sunrise this morning while we were working on a core that was coming on deck. Bryan remarked that “it’s beautiful to be alive at times like this”, but when we cut the final section and our feet got soaking wet from the cold water trapped in the tube, no-one seemed to share his romantic moment!"


Russell writes:

"Today I had good news from the base at SOC saying that we can extend the cruise by one day – this will help compensate for the time lost at the start when the ship was delayed. The weather is a bit strange at the moment, although conditions are good for coring. There is a flat calm sea but some heavy, slow-moving showers lurking in the region; the rain in these showers comes down so heavily it even shows up on the ship's radar! It was also a good day for wildlife today. Easterly winds over Iberia have drifted several migrant landbirds out over the sea, and we had a flycatcher and several warblers landing on board, as well as a spectacular close range fly-past from a Short-eared Owl. Fortunately, the owl was heading to the SE, suggesting it would have arrived in the Canary Islands a few hours after it left us. Last night a Meadow Pipit was found asleep on deck, so I picked it up and after a couple of photos put it in a dry, safe place. It had gone by morning so had presumably continued its migration south. However, the best bird seen today was a very rare seabird that breeds on Madeira, called a Fea’s Petrel. With the murky conditions tonight I expect we will get more petrels attracted to the ships’ lights, so The Shoebox will probably have some new inhabitants by the morning...last night we had four guests!"

It’s a beautiful morning...

Andrey continues to develop his
artistic talents with this nice image.

The corner of the lab known as the wire jungle!

The colour-coded coring team

the petrel catch from last night.

Pete gets to grips with half
of last nights’ petrel catch.

A rewarding moment - of the 15 petrels
thathave crash-landed on board so far,
only onelooked like it wouldn’t survive
after release.

This Blackcap flew into the open door
at the side of the bridge, and was rescued
and released by Aggie.

This Short-Eared Owl did a fly-by
of the ship but didn't land

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