first whale sighting

Conditions: foggyrainy (15° C)

first whale sighting

Rain all night, leaving off in the morning. Foggy. Early morning wake-up. (Still jetlagged?)

Morning sighting of some bowheads. Spent morning photographying resident spotted and beard seals, various shorebirds.

Incredibly hard to approach.


Piper of some sort.

Test of wet suit. Weight 6 kg (no camera). Total dive time over an hour, 4 degree Celsius average.

Results: feet go numb first, not sure whether more from the tight foot pocket or cold. Also index finger in mitten. Weight is not sufficient for depth (at most 8 metres).

Initial immersion painful on face. Lessens after a few minutes.

Supper and lecture on bowheads.