Another day of thick fog in the morning and then clearing during the afternoon. The ship was only a few miles off the coast of Greenland and it was lovely to see. There was a heavy patch of sea ice between us and the coast and a number of seals were sighted. Then, after a lot of pondering, it was decided that a polar bear could also be seen, very well camouflaged on the ice. This warranted further investigation.
Once closer it was seen to be a mother and her two cubs.
I think the picture below is of a ‘fog-bow’ or ‘Ulloa’s Ring’. According to the Marine Observers Handbook, which is the bible of all things weather related for the mariner, this is known as a ‘white rainbow’ and is formed when raindrops are very small, as in the case of some cloud or fog. For a fog-bow to be seen the observer must be close to the cloud, or near or in the fog. We managed the latter!
The final picture for this report is just a lovely view. With near mirror seas and ice, this picture had to be included.
Noon Position Report:
|Latitude:||74° 48.5 N|
|Longitude:||017° 36.0 W|
|Bearing:||245 °T, 506 Nm from Longyearbyen|
|Total Distance Travelled:||1879|
|Total Steam Time:||176.59|
|Total Average Speed:||10.64|
|Wind:||Direction E, Force 1|
|Air Temp: 1 °C||Sea Temp: 1.5 °C|
|Pressure: 1017.5||Tendency (3hrs): Falling|