It’s June 5th, two weeks from Winter Solstice in this hemisphere and the morning sun is rising later each day. The sky looked clear as we prepared boats and I was hoping the day wouldContinue reading
Author: Patrick Halpin
Wilhelmina Bay (Mon., 5/24/10)- When the snow clouds touch water
Today the snow clouds came down to sea level and covered the water in a thick blanket of low visibility and constant snow. We had a lot of work to do so we could notContinue reading
Wilhelmina Bay (Wed.,5/12/10) – Small boats out, Observers on the bridge, Tag-on!
Today began our first full day of whale observations, krill mapping and whale tagging. And what a spectacular day it was. After a night of oceanographic surveys we awoke to a chilly, misty morning nearContinue reading
Return to Palmer Station
The Gould Returns to Palmer Station from fishing to pick up the whale team for the next leg… A small subset of the whale team (Dave, Elleta, Roland and Pat) went out with the “ice-fish”Continue reading
Andvord Bay (Wed., 5/20/09) – The ice is getting thick and the minke whales are getting playful…
While the science was going right on schedule, the highlight of the day was an unanticipated visit from an extremely curious minke whale. The team awoke this morning in Andvord Bay and we readied forContinue reading
Errera Channel (Wed., 5/6/09) – Leopard Seals
Sometimes days don’t go quite as planned, but opportunities do arise. We started the day with a stiff breeze (>40knts) so we were not able to splash the small boats first thing as we hadContinue reading
Palmer Station (Fri., 4/24/09) – We have arrived!
We arrived at Palmer Station… An especially long awaited arrival for me. Early this morning as the ship slowed we emerged on to deck to watch the dawn creep over the Antarctic Peninsula. The glaciersContinue reading