Blue Sky's Voyage
George & Michael
Mon 4 Dec 2006 12:26
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.
George, Michael and the crew.