Wind all wrong. 36hrs of monsoon style rain was epic. Cloud formations incredible. Tried rowing a few times but being blown South faster than we could make West. Sooty albie dropped by. Surprise can of sprite for breakfast. And…..just as I was recovering from the effort of putting Bob out for the second time, we had an awesome triad of visitors. Exciting in all senses of of the word. Massive shape coming towards me under the water. Woozel? Shark? Heffalump?Whale? Scared. Heart fluttering. Then a huge shiny black back rolled up and over the surface, with a triumphant ‘Phrffff!’. Whale it is, then. Mahooosive! More than a tad scary as he circled us at close range, swimming right over all of Bob’s lines. I had horrid visions of entanglement – I’ve seen it before and it’s an ugly, helpless sight and situation. I had to reach down my throat and push my heart back into its normal place once I had watched them surface a few more times and disappear off South, blowing as they went. I say Sei whales after studying my ID book but we’ll see what my personal whaleologist buddy, Susie, says.
Happy day then, even if we are being blown away from Mauritius and I have feet like soggy crepe paper and toes like shrivelled chipolata sausages. Three giant mammals, an albatross and a surprise can of Sprite have made it all good again.
S, D & Bob x x x
Xtina – 6 hrs aheadand yes, full waterproofs, sowester hat and thermals etc. Bad weather on any ocean can be cold!
John Williams – It’s called ‘brain mush’ on this boat! Always always always tied on.
Norman Pater – It was ages ago -81 days ages ago. Will you go and have a juicy steak for me?!
Tery Baldwinson – No tail or scales yet… But there’s still time.
Susie ‘Our in-house whale expert’ Calderan -SIGHTING!!! Big big big big big. Black. 2 holes with ridge. Quite tall, erect dorsal, not massively falcate at all, more backwards leaning than falcate but more upright than either. Appeared well after dorsal which came after a big bend of black back. Looked brown under the water, pale underneath. Left big footprints. Stayed shallow. Sei whales methinks therefore?