22 June 2012

Days 4-6

Day 4
At sea between Shetland and Jan Mayen: 4 Orca and very little else.

Orca in the mist, one of four (2 males, 2 females) which seemed to be feeding.

Another Fulmar pic,... get over it.

Day 5
Jan Mayen: the most northerly volcano in the world, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel (semi-knackered bird tried to land on the boat some way north of Jan Mayen), 1 Pomarine Skua, 10 Glaucous Gull, Little Auk and Brünnich's Guillemot coming out of our ears, 3 Snow Bunting (two of which were dead), 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blue Whale, 3 Fin Whale, 2 large rorquals (Fin/Blue), 6+ Northern Bottle-nosed Whale and 10+ Minke Whale.

Blue Whale rolling across our bows just north of Jan Mayen.
Little Auks, gawd knows how many thousands of these I've seen on this jaunt.

Beerenberg, Jan Mayen, the most northerly volcano in the wooooorld. Showing well, usually, it is shrouded in orographic fog/cloud.

Jan Mayen and the first of many glaciers of the trip.

A Whimbrel at dusk north of Jan Mayen attempting a ship landing, had a couple of goes, gave up and disappeared.

Day 6
At sea between Jan Mayen and Svalbard: 1 Pomarine Skua and a few more proper 'blue' Fulmar.

 Kittiwake in the wake.

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