July 25. Day 18
Our day started at night already – there was fishing organized to take hydrochemical samples. For conducting research all the elements of a food chain are important. One of them is fish (cod and haddock in our case). While fishing all the nearby seagulls came to see this process. Even a mink whale approached to our ship! Just to take a look at the action, because it doesn’t feed either gulls or fish. The whale even put his head out of water. Though it was such a surprise that no one took a picture at this moment. Seagulls were sitting right on the board of our vessel. I tried to approach closer (with small steps without breathing) to one of them and I managed to come very close. The bird didn’t fly away, and even one more seagull joined.
Mink whale has body which can be up to 11 meters in length, it is the smallest whale in its kind. It is one of the most widespread whales in the Barents Sea. Though these whales ignore me for some unknown reasons… I have seen many rare Greenland whales, almost never Mink ones. The picture of a whale is not mine, Irina Pokrovskaya captured this moment. Mink whales can be met in any ice-free water area from the middle of April till the middle of September.
July 26, we are celebrating Clement Hanser’s Birthday!
Birthday in the Arctic, and especially in the sea is for luck. This is from my personal experience of the Arctic