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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer - Newfoundland Mission DAY THREE

Date 01/02/2011 Time : 0000 hrs (UTC)

Position: 50 deg 04 N 24 deg 11 W  , Speed 10 Knots

1160 miles to go to St Johns    Wind 28-34 Knots SW

Activities onboard to day:

Very bumpy night last night due to the large swell from the south west,  the heavier weather has reduced the cetacean species sightings significantly with   only some brave  dolphins spotted today,  the stormy petrel is the only obvious bird species.
The towed cetacean hydrophone had to be taken in as the motion of the sea made the data unusable,
 
Sheena Fennell working in the wet lab
 
The heavier weather has tested some peoples sea-legs  but the Oceanographic work as well as the fisheries echo sounder data collection has continued throughout the period

The air temperature is a balmy 12.8 degrees which is pretty close to the sea temp of 12.3 degrees,  this is stark contrast to our destination where the air temperature is down to
-9 degrees and the sea almost below freezing.


Chart plotter showing the course of the vessel
Today all going well we should pass the “only a 1000 miles to go mark” , however the weather is going to freshen a lot today and a new low pressure is emerging for Wednesday /Thursday which is directly on our track  so the going is to get pretty heavy.

Hopefully all the sea legs will be in place by then!

We are now two hours behind Irish time as we  make our way west,


Aodhan Fitzgerald



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