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Monday, January 31, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer - Newfoundland Mission DAY TWO

Date 30/01/2011 Time : 1800 hrs (UTC)

Position: 50 deg 05 N 16 deg 11 W  , Speed 12 Knots

1440 miles to go to St Johns    Wind 28 Knots SSW

Activities onboard today

Every one has settled into their watches and the Oceanographic team of Sheena Fennell and Aodhan Fitzgerald have completed 10 XBT/CTD deployments at this stage, the systems are giving very good data to 1830 metres water depth , the water depth where we are now over the abyssal plain is 4650 metres! The vessels ADCP is up and running and collecting good current data.



Sunset - by Conor Ryan

The bird numbers have decreased a lot as we make our way out into the Atlantic, Emily Wilson  the bird researcher is maintaining a 10 hour watch from dawn to sunset but bird sightings are few but none the less  the list of species sighted today includes Kittiwakes, northern Fulmars and a puffin. 

Striped Dolphins by Conor Ryan
Conor Ryan and Alessandro the whale watching team  have had numerous dolphin sightings (Striped Dolphins, Bottlenosed)  as well as  a mother fin whale and calf,  the sperm whales which they expected to be in the area have just began to appear in the signal from the towed hydrophone.

Lowlands Queen - by Conor Ryan
The Fisheries team from Marine Institute Newfoundland have been busy running the fisheries echo sounders and are seeing some interesting correlations between cetacean sightings / cetacean acoustic signals and occasional marks or shoals of pelagic fish on the echo sounders in an otherwise barren upper ocean.

Crows Nest View by Conor Ryan

 The ship's crew are also keeping quite busy assisting with the XBT deployments with the engineering staff organising the installation of numerous photographs of Marine Institute (Ireland) vessel  activities in the vessel  passageways as well as their day to day work  and the bridge officers are busy assessing the pretty grim weather forecasts  for the days ahead in the hope of navigating through as safely as possible .


The amateur navigator Aodhan Fitzgerald is also managing to brush up his celestial navigation  with assistance from the ships officers!

 

Aodhan Fitzgerald - Marine Institute




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