The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 5 – Temperature drop

Posted by Robbie - 12 December 2013

Day 5 on the boat now. The food just seems to get better and better. Three course meals; steak, chicken curries, fish. Every night Nikki and Brad pop up with more options for us to eat. Just yesterday our starter was an amazing Caesar Salad. Dessert was a creamy tiramisu. And parents I apologise if your child is now asking you to make these things. As you can tell I am a foodie kind of person. I might have to go and find a snack soon.

The air temperature is really dropping, where we currently are it is roughly 4 degrees Celsius. Luckily I am a boy who likes a chill wind. We’ve just reached the point that I can wear my full winter gear: my puffy blue jacket; my gloves that limit my abilities; and my beanie. My beanie is the sort of stereotypical christmas style, it has the bobble on top, ear muffs, and is coloured red and white.

Although things to do onboard are starting to lose their enjoyment. This is causing me to spend a lot of time staring out into the water. It’s getting more rough but what can beat crystal clear, turquoise water. I particularly like seeing the oxygen bubbles coming out from under the boat.

Yesterday though, the watching the waves got even better. When we were bobbing around Macquarie Island the penguins came to say hello. They were diving up and down, surfing the waves and popping their heads up to see us. Sadly, there were no Emperor Penguins, but we did see King Penguins, Royals and Gentoos. Penguins weren’t the only things in the water yesterday. There were also a couple of Orcas about 40 metres away from the ship. Their fins clearly exposed, though we could only catch a glimpse caught of the rest of their bodies. Their size is both underwhelming and overwhelming at the same time.

So today is pretty nice if you ask me. I’m even feeling a bit smug because only about five of us saw the Orcas. Anyway thanks for reading and hope you enjoy tomorrow’s entry. Bye.