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Date: 04 Dec 2006 12:26:11
Title: Wildflife

Hello Friends                                "22:01.78N 34:56.28W"
                                                    Last 24 h distance run - 167.3 miles
                                                    Antigua - 1540 miles away.
 
 
Not much to report in the last day, so I thought I'd let you know about the wildlife out here.
 
There are petrels and shearwaters right out here in the ocean - goodness knows what they find to eat but there are quite a few. I presume they have some mechanism for 'sleeping' at sea. We had a petrel land in the cockpit one evening - a bit confused and dropping in for Happy Hour probably. We've seen large white seabirds with a long tail - not sure what as our Birds of Britain & Europe is getting a bit stretched out here.
 
We saw several groups of dolphins - one lot particularly game for fun, but nowhere near as many as around the European coast, We also saw a family of whales a couple of hundred metres off to port - not close enough to identify but several separate spouts so we thought it best to leave them well alone.
 
Mainly we've seen flying fish - silver ones perhaps 20 - 25cm long and slightly larger iridescent blue/green ones. They fly close to the surface so our fears about being hit by them on night watch have been unfounded, as yet.
 
Best Wishes
 
George, Michael and the crew.
 

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