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Scientific update #3

By: Marloes and Marcus

We’ve been trying to catch plankton, but we’ve  found so much other life in our nets too! Aside from Copepods, a plankton which look a lot like blue, white and red microplastics, which dominate our samples,...

Sirius the shipsdog


Sometimes called mankind’s oldest picture book, the constellations greet  us most evenings. By 2000 B.C., groups of stars were named after shapes  of mythical characters, heroes, animals and objects. The...

Guide to Anchor Watch

By: Justine Hardie

1. Monitor that the ship does not move out of the green radar circle:  bad things will happen. 2. Marvel at how clever the Captain is for translating many maps of  water into numbers and then factoring...

May 2019

It's a dog's life


Hello everybody, I presume that you have all read the beautiful story about my  personality from a human perspective. It made very interesting reading  but I would also like to give you a description from my...

Our visit to Ascension

By: Andy Washington

The swells were kind to us so we managed to get ashore for two days.  Last time I was here, 2 years ago, we waited at anchor 3 days & only got  to have 4 hours to explore the very small town of Georgetown. But...

Plastic Bottle

By: Marloes and Marcus

In the last couple of days, we covered many miles due to a good amount of wind. The downside of this is that we weren’t able to take daily samples because of this high wind force. Due to high speed, large waves and the...

Twinkle twinkle little star

By: voyage crew

It's not just a trite line in a children's   song.  It's an astonomical phenomenon.  The stars twinkle.  Twinkling is   most noticible on bright stars, like Beetlejuice.  When...

Scientist update #1

By: Marloes and Marcus

As soon as we left Cape Town the manta trawl and plankton net were in the water and since then we’ve been doing daily samples. The first couple of days were really about learning the best methods. This included learning...

April 2019

Scientist update #2

By: Andy Washington

On our 2nd day on St Helena our on board scientist Deborah Robertson -  Andersson kindly asked me to accompany her to visit Sandy Bay. We  collected samples from the beach for her research in Durban into the ...


By: Justine

Squall: (n) A sudden, sharp increase in wind speed that is usually  associated with active weather. Squall: (v) A loud, emotional expletitive in the form of shouting or  crying. We were: settling happily...