January 11, 2007
We have moved into northern Antarctica waters. The air temperature has dropped to mid 50"s but seas are unusually mild. Several scientists on board have expressed how amazed they are that we have not yet experienced really big waves or bad weather. Maybe we won't. Yesterday early in the morning two minke whales came along side of the boat for about 5 minutes and then moved off. By the time the word got around they were too far away to film. At least we know there is occasionally something like whale showing up. We are currently in what is known to scientist as the "dead zone" of the South Pacific. Apparently due to currents, satellite photos show a very low photosynthetic activity in the area. Core samples from site 9, where we are now, will be used to confirm or deny that believe. We should know in 2-3 days following initial analysis. The chief chemist Art just came up and told me to hurry up...samples coming up. Got to go now.