I’m not sure what the collective noun for a group of squid is, but today “squadron” seemed appropriate.
There were several major outbreaks of wildlife during the day. A couple of times this morning I could hardly get my oars in the water because there were so many yellowfins in the way. I didn’t mean to hit them, but couldn’t see them under the ruffled surface of the water, and only found out that they were there when my oars struck something solid instead of liquid.
Then, this afternoon, attack of the low-flying squid. At first there was the lone harbinger. Just before I came into the cabin to record my podcast with Vic, a large-ish squid landed right in front of me, on the canvas cover of my liferaft. Well, okay, he wasn’t large as in Kraken-large, but a good 8 inches long. He sat there, waving his tentacles at me as if begging for help, and pumping out a spreading ink stain onto the pale beige canvas. This was rather annoying. I have very few soft furnishings on the deck of my boat, so it was irksome to have him land inkily right on top of one of them.
I quickly lobbed him back in the water, hoping he might survive the experience, and tried to mop the ink off the liferaft cover, but it has left a large, dark brown stain. If anybody has any top tips for removing squid ink from fabric, do please let me know. Surely it’s in every good “household tips” manual!
A couple of hours later, I had no sooner ducked into the cabin to grab a Larabar than a squadron of low-flying objects zoomed overhead, about ten feet above the water. There were about a dozen of them. As they neared the end of their trajectory fish leaped from the waves to catch them. For a few moments all was chaotic activity, with bodies and water flying everywhere.
At first I thought the UFOs were flying fish, but when I re-emerged from the cabin, I saw ink spattered liberally across all the upper surfaces of my boat – deck, rowing seat, solar panels. More squid. It was really lucky I hadn’t been on deck at the time, or I would have been inked as well. Yuckety-yuck!
Laurey – great to hear from you. I’ve been thinking about you, and wondering how your cancer treatment is going. I’m really, really pleased to hear it’s going well. I hope to see you – and Asheville – again soon. Oh, in answer to your question, I have quotes all over the place. I’ve got some on laminated sheets that have been on board since the Atlantic, more on my laptop, a great quotes app on my iPhone (called Notable Quotes), and Jay has sent me about another zillion. So I now have enough quotes to see me through several laps of the planet!
Stan – thank you for your very informative and thoughtful comment about conquering – or not conquering – the Earth.
Daniel – it is now unlikely that I will be attempting the North Atlantic next year. It looks like my boat has reached the end of her useful life, and I won’t have time to raise the money and get a new boat in time.
Brian Hill – great quote. Thank you.
Terry – I heard about the east coast earthquake. Quite a surprise! But yes, I’m sure the San Franciscans were a bit short on sympathy!
Mark and Julian – I quite like rugby, actually. Or maybe I mean I like rugby players…. but as they say, rugby is a game played by men with funny shaped balls. ;o)
Quote for the day: “The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.” (Danish soccer star John Jensen)
Sponsored Miles: Slow progress for Roz. No sponsors for today’s miles.