The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 11 – Amazing noises

Posted by Robbie - 18 December 2013

Today we were helping with the science teams. I decided only to help during the morning as I had sprained the joint between my big toe and foot. There were few options for the science, ice coring with Erik, listening to Seals and Whales using sonar, or just mucking about on the ice. For the morning I chose to listen to the Seals as it was the only one that didn’t involve walking, just sitting in the Zodiacs.

Some of the noises were absolutely amazing. The Leopard Seal makes a noise like a ghost. When we played the female Leopard Seal noise into the water the Males started getting noisier which makes me assume that they were getting closer towards our Zodiac.

Later in the afternoon we took the Argos along the fast ice. We got half way before we realised it was too late and that we should head back. Although when we got back there was a large crack in the ice, 3 metres wide. It was too big for the Argos and Quad Bikes so we had to wait until the ship could barge its way to us. We were there for about an hour waiting in the five degree heat. Luckily there was no wind chill.

You’ll find my next blog tomorrow. Hopefully a good day.