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Thursday has been a rather nice on mid-Atlantic and  there was a slight change to the scenery this morning when a ship passed us by.  This was the first ship that we have seen,  aside from the fishing vessel Extractor.  The usual routine of work carried on through the day and the one change to our normal operation was getting close to the Extractor so that we could get some film footage of shark tagging taking place.

Shark tagging attracted large crowds  on the Monkey Island and here they are,  Alan,  Helen, Floyd and Julia.  The Monkey Island is a great place to watch what is happening around the ship and offers good protection should the weather not be 26C and sunny.

Following tagging by the team on board the Extractor the shark is returned to the sea,  unharmed.  Picture Helen Jones.

I had hoped to get some pictures myself of this operation but sadly got sidetracked and was talking about close,  very close,  encounters with polar bears on Baffin Island.  In fact it was a case of face to face through a tent door and living to tell the tale.

A shark down in the depths.  Picture National Geographic.

I have had a number of chats with the man behind the dropcams and how they are built and operate.  A fantastic piece of equipment that does,  from time to time,  suffer from close encounters with the sharks.  Teeth marks are often found in equipment deployed and one of the dropcams was released from the seabed when a shark bit through the tethering rope,  which resulted in the camera surfacing early. 

A shark just below the surface. 

The James Clark Ross and the fishing vessel Extractor will return to Ascension Island for Sunday when final passenger transfers will take place.  The National Geographic team and members the BAS science team and ship's company will go ashore to make a presentation to the Government.  Once that is completed the ship will head north for the Cape Verde Islands where the science team and National Geographic will go ashore to fly home.  The ship will continue north for Southampton and is due to arrive on the 24th June.

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Noon Position Report

Latitude: 9 58 S
Longitude: 12 05 W
Bearing: 130 T, 181 Nm from Ascension Island
Cruise Number: JR16-NG
Distance Travelled: 48
Total Distance Travelled: 1186
Steam Time: 24hr Science
Wind: Direction SE, Force 3
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 27.5 C Sea Temp: 26.9 C
Pressure: 1016.4 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

 

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Mike Gloistein
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