Posted by: luisginillo | April 11, 2013

A swell few days

We returned this evening after two days at sea to Torrevieja. We sailed early yesterday out into the Alboran sea into a high density turtle hotspot. The team spent the day in full survey mode and despite no turtles sightings as of yet, we did have several sightings of cetaceans. After a rather bumpy night at sea, the team battled on this morning to survey in less than ideal conditions. Unfortunately as the wind rose above 25 knots by the early afternoon and despite brave efforts to keep surveying out in the cold with over a metre of swell, we had to eventually surrender to the elements. Tomorrow the forecast is promising good weather – we continue to keep our fingers crossed!

Boris ascends high up on to the mast to keep on lookout.

Boris ascends high up on to the mast to keep a lookout.

The view of from the mast to the lookouts and Christian taking video footage from the RIB.

The view of from the mast to the lookouts and Christian taking video footage from the RIB.

 

The crew mid-survey.

The crew mid-survey.

Esteban and Francoise entering survey data into the database.

Esteban and Francoise entering survey data into the database.

 

An evening visit from a playful group of striped dolphins.

An evening visit from a playful group of striped dolphins.

Victor on lookout this morning.

Victor on lookout this morning.

 

As the sea state creeps up the conditions make for fantastic sailing but not for turtle surveying!

As the sea state creeps up the conditions make for fantastic sailing but not for turtle surveying!

Striped dolphin playing by the bow earlier this evening.

Striped dolphin playing by the bow earlier this evening.

Land ahoy!

Land ahoy!

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