Wednesday, 6 March 2013

post tempest

It has been a tough few days, slowly recovering the equipment whilst steaming south to get away from the really dangerous conditions. We escaped the worst of the weather although even the 5 metre seas were uncomfortable as can be seen by the motion of one of our support vessels below. 

now you see me
now you don't
We eventually found ourselves 120 nm south of our survey area, hiding in the eastern lee of Lanzarote. Although the wind was generally Beaufort F7 with lots of white-capped waves the lee gave us shelter from the huge Atlantic swell. Things got mixed up nicely with common tern, little tern, bonxies, gannets and scores of Cory's shearwaters putting in an appearance. I also had bonus views of a Leach's petrel and an Atlantic spotted dolphin- a spotless juvenile as it happens. 

common tern

little tern
Atlantic spotted dolphin (juvenile)
Cory's shearwater
Leach's storm petrel

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