Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Third day at sea

Still calm. Still sailing straight down. At lunch see our first iceberg in the distance, lots of birds, saw a fin whale on the starboard side of ship! Reports of a seal, but didn’t see. Seem to be aiming to cross circle around dinner time. Lectures on ice, Amundsen/Scott, seals, photography composition. Falling asleep in dark presentation room downstairs.

And then, Antarctica showed up! Saw first iceberg over lunch, then a couple presentations – back out on the deck around 4:30, and we’re surrounded by huge floating pieces of ice everywhere, including some huge ones coming straight for us. Saw a couple whales in a distance too, celebrated crossing the Antarctic Circle (66º 33′ 36″) with a bit of sangria and music on the front deck.

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