Posted by: tim ellis | July 29, 2016

Svalbard – Friday 29th July 2016 – Poolepynten

This morning is slightly overcast and quite windy.  Hannah was hoping there would be Walrus on the beach – but there is only a skeleton.  Despite the wind, we will still be going ashore, although we are warned it may get “a bit choppy” on the way back.  Spook is ready nice and early, so gets on the second zodiac out.  They have just landed when the decision is taken to abort, as the wind is getting stronger. (And yes, the ride back is quite choppy!)

Blue Whale
We hope for better conditions this afternoon, and indeed the wind drops and the clouds lift as the day progresses. However the ship’s engine has started to overheat, so our progress is slowed and our arrival at Longyearbyen is delayed, leaving us on the ship all day. – We do however get the bonus of a Blue Whale showing up just after lunch.



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