Thursday, January 7, 2010
Queer goings on abroad - there were distinct thick muddy brown streaks in the green ocean at 3906S 03847E. Thought at first I was hallucinating. They were a couple of metres wide, maybe 20 - 30 metres long, parallel, in line with our course of roughly east (T) and several metres apart and seemed to be shallow. No oily spectrum but the water was smoother. No solid matter that I could see. Hard to tell how far they extended. Don't know where they started but I noticed them through the window and went up to have a look. From when I first saw them, perhaps 500 metres till they stopped. Faint smell of something but could not identify. No AIS contacts but could be fishing boat emptying bilge perhaps?
About to pull in the next grib when I send this. The first of the critical ones that will inform the decision about the dive south to Kerguelen.
Christmas Day in Addis. Happys up there!
Neurons battered and recalcitrant. Poesy unforthcoming - perhaps with position report later. Boot ferals excited.
Sue, thanks in advance for data. Y'all enjoy the Amazon!
Deborah, thanks for John Grunsfeld news. I was wondering what he was going to do for an encore.
Chris H in Eden, thanks for kind words. I think the loo is an entirely appropriate place for this stuff! And yes, I do know your boat - watched her being built over the years...You got a good one, I think. And thanks for kind offer - there is a digit missing from the mobile number you sent us but we will certainly be in touch next time we are in town.
Happy Christmas Hilary 3000 miles to the north. We're waving and we shall breakfast in your direction.
Talking of breakfast - Marcus, are you still out there in the restaurant? I had hoped to visit and have a Berri breakfast with you but never quite happened. Sorry!
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