6 Dec - Out of the blue

Moulin Rouge
Philip Barltrop
Thu 9 Dec 2010 13:20
When sitting attentively on night watch, quietly minding your own business and counting 'Z's whilst at the same time poised to spring into action to avoid squalls the last thing you expect is to have to deal with the 'beast of the deep'.  Mark was rudely disturbed with a sucker-punch aerial attack this morning in what can only be described as a violent and pre-meditated aerial fishy attack.
The 'Beast of the deep' a monster specimen of flying fish has been described by Mark to approximately 1.5m long and 6lbs in weight similar to the size of of an Albatross when wings are deployed.  Mark wrestled the beast to the deck on a battle of will before trying to release the fish back to the wide blue yonder.  The fish had other plans and escaped Mark's grasp on two occasions before finally being released.  The threat of further fish attacks are ever present and we have raised the FAA (fish attack alert) status to orange.
Subsequent to the attack and trauma, mark was insturcted to clear up the fishy mess by Philip before they completed their watch.  This action was greatly appreciated by all following watches that night.