August 10, 2006
Lat: 4° 51.4' N
Quiet day on the flying bridge with no sightings. Tough to spot animals in these Beaufort 6 sea conditions.
Nothing will stand in the way of net tows, however. As Mindy and I were deploying the Manta tow, a combination of things went haywire (ship speed & direction, wind speed, the tow, etc.). Long story short, here's this 6' x 3' metal frame with a 12' net hanging off of it, flailing about in heaving seas, and it starts to wander underneath the ship's stern, yes, where the props are. So after some nervous scampering and fast action taken by bridge and deck crew, we managed to haul the cantankerous creature aboard. Disaster narrowly averted.