We were on our way back to port this afternoon after a regular day of dredging/ROV/CTD/dredging/ROV/dredging when we spotted the enormous corpse of a whale (or most likely Balaenoptera spp.) floating on the surface. It’s ironic that we haven’t seen even one of the giants in the almost 50 days of the expedition and now we see one that’s died. A pity.
We’ll be back on land in a few hours, a welcome chance to break the monotony of 10 days at sea, stretch our legs and drink a beer (or perhaps two). We’ll toast those who are leaving and welcome the new members on board who are here to join us on the last stretch of the expedition in Scottish waters, where, if the winds are favorable and with a bit of luck, we humans will be able to get back into the water.