First, let me thank Greg Stone, Alan Dynner, Brian Skerry, and David Obura for their recent contributions (you can read them by clicking the links next to each author's name at right). We are so lucky to be able to hear directly from them (as well as some other expedition members) as the trip progresses.
Shorebirds in the Phoenix Islands during the 2002 Phoenix Islands expedition (Photo: Greg Stone)
Personally, I have also been plagued with a fairly phenomenal case of seasickness, but I think that the worst is over. After days of fighting the seas, the winds calmed enough for most of us to head onto the deck to look around. What can we see? BLUE. Nothing but blue and white. Blue skies with white clouds, blue seas with white waves. No land visible in any direction. No other boats. And 2 or 3 small terns, making their way to or from the Phoenix Islands, or so we think.
Never one to resist a pun, I love the idea that the tide is terning if the seas are calm enough for terns, then they are calm enough for us. On this lonely stretch of ocean between Fiji and the Phoenix Islands (~1000 nautical miles!), it's nice to see some life out here. Surprisingly, we have not observed much marine life yet on this long voyage, save for the hundreds of flying fish that leap from our wake. But, it's only a matter of time until there is so much marine life that we'll be struggling to keep up with it.
© September 12, 2009 New England Aquarium