Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19: Lots of wildlife

We are still in Andvord Bay, doing marine science. It is an amazing place. The fjord entrance is relatively narrow, so in the inner bay you have this impression of being completely surrounded by ice. The waters here are rich in nutrients and consequently there is a lot of wildlife. We've been seeing lots of whales, and today a few penguins came close to the ship. Occasionally they like to porpoise along and at first look one might mistake them for dolphins.

The weather has not been too bad, but the cloud ceiling is quite low, which keeps preventing us from doing the glacier work. But we still have a month and a half to go; eventually it will have to clear up, I hope.

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