Today we are going to share with you the story of Joe and a small bird (probably a storm petrel) with some selected photos of the numerous clouds and sunsets we have observed so far.
Last Saturday morning, just after breakfast, Travis (one of the crew members) told the science party that there was a little bird suffering near the door separating the Main Lab and the vessel’s stern.
“It looks like it needs water”, Travis said.
“Coming”, Joe responded quickly while the others in the main lab were looking for the location of the bird.
Once found, it was clear the poor bird was absolutely terrified. As most of us went to sleep shortly thereafter – we’ve had our share of late nights – we didn’t know what happen to the bird. As it turns out, the night shift (12 am to 8 am) fed the petrel a healthy selection of pine nuts, ritz crackers, and flax seed. Full to the brim, the petrel took off into the warm pacific air the following morning. We’re convinced the little guy (or gal!) just needed a place to relax for 24 hours!
Thanks for all of your help with this post, Gabby!