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A walk on the Wharf 2

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on A walk on the Wharf 2

Here’s another stroll along the wharf (docks) in the Horta Harbor. (In case you missed the first set of wharf paintings, here they are: http://www.motoadventuregal.com/2012/05/a-walk-on-the-wharf-1/‎)               Please follow and like...

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Tasks on board the Physeter

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Tasks on board the Physeter

I’m leading a conservation holiday – a vacation in which volunteers pay to be a part of a research team. If you’re following my blog, then you know we’re collecting data on whales, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of the tasks that we all do–I assign a rota at the beginning of the Expedition, and we all rotate through the various tasks throughout the week. Welcome aboard!                                     Please follow and like...

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24 April

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Azores | 1 comment

24 April (Diary written for Biosphere Expeditions) Slot two has completed their last “turtle time”, and yes, we finally spotted a turtle within the designated turtle time thanks to Sylvia. Lisa bought us a round of drinks and Nigel bought us a round of desserts and it was quite sweet, on all accounts. Just as we finished that celebration, yesterday we finally caught and tagged a loggerhead turtle, so we are quite happy with the turtle sightings this slot. The second team had a week of terrific weather (Beaufort=1-2, wind=1-2) and once again we had a great variety of animal sightings and made quite a few matches to animals Lisa has previously matched up here in theAzores. Thank you team 2 – roll on team 3! Sightings for team 2: sperm whale – 28 encounters, 51 animals, 7 calves...

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16 and 20 April

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on 16 and 20 April

Biosphere Expeditions Azores Diary   16 April Our research team for slot two has arrived, and we are coming together nicely as a research team after our first (half) day at sea. We all got a chance to practice our spotting skills with a fin whale with the unusual habit of diving for more than twenty minutes at a time. We also spent some time with the largest grouping of common dolphins to date, a group of 200+.         20 April Our second group of volunteers has brought very nice weather and some incredible luck for us in our sightings. We continue to have the excellent problem of data coming in so quickly that at times it is difficult to keep up with recording them. A new species for us was sighted on Tuesday when we...

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Aboard the Physeter

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Aboard the Physeter

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A walk on the Wharf 1

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Azores | 3 comments

Yesterday I posted a picture of the wharf painting our first research team painted on the wharf here in Horta. It’s a tradition peculiar to Horta to paint a remembrance of your voyage/vessel here on the concrete dock…and considered bad luck if you do not. The wharf is quite long, and quite interesting. Come take a stroll with me and see the whimsical, wistful, and artful paintings. Some made me smile with their simplicity, others made me smile with their bravery, yet others with their audacity…and feel free to tell me which are your favorites. (Hint: if you see an image you particularly like, click on it and you will see a larger version.)       Please follow and like...

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