I get requests to do various interviews-by-email while I am at sea. It’s
not that easy finding time to do them, the daily blog pretty much using
up the time I can bear to sit in the cabin working at a laptop, but I do
my best to get around to them eventually. After all, that’s what I’m out
here for, isn’t it – to broadcast messages about the environment.
There was a question the other day that stopped me in my tracks – or
rather, it was my immediate answer to it that stopped me. The question
was: What do you think is the biggest environmental challenge facing the
planet at the moment?
And my answer? Humanity. It just popped out. And then I thought about
it. And I couldn’t disagree with myself.
If I was Planet Earth, feeling a bit under the weather (so to speak) and
trying to figure out what was bugging me, I would have to put “Humanity”
at the top of my list. Those pesky humans, always digging into me and
polluting me and making me feel hot and bothered.
And there are so many of them these days. Seems like just yesterday
there were only a billion of them or so. Now there are nearly seven
billion, and they are everywhere, chopping down my forests and building
new houses and factories all over the place. All that construction makes
Never mind. They’ll be gone soon. Like the dinosaurs. I liked dinosaurs.
Didn’t do much apart from eat, but they were pretty harmless. They were
around for a long time. These humans reckon that they (humans) are an
intelligent life form, but if they carry on as they are, they will be
extinct in very short order. Not even close to the dinosaurs’ record.
And it will all be their own fault.
What’s so intelligent about that?
The sea anchor is out. True to the forecast, the wind rose from the west
during the afternoon.
But apart from the fact I am going backwards, today has not been a bad
day. There are definitely more fish in this part of the ocean. This
morning when the sea was calm, almost every time I looked over the side
of the boat I could see a little troupe of fishies (mahi mahi?) down
below. A few times a fish jumped clear of the water – up to about six
feet in the air.
I could also see some strange oily globules on the surface of the water.
About the size of a penny, generally round in shape. I took some photos
but they’re not clear enough to survive rendering at low res. When back
ashore I will show them to the experts.
This afternoon I did a few bits of maintenance, including changing the
filter on the watermaker, and made a mindmap of philosophical musings in
the back of my logbook. And ate an entire bag of almonds (8oz) and a bar
of chocolate. All that thinking about the meaning of life gives me a
heck of an appetite.
Our latest Roz Roams podcast is live. Episode 37: News from the Frøzen
Nørth. Thanks to Vic Phillipson.
Congrats to Oceanswatch and Chris Bone on their acquisition of a Wharram
Catamaran for their ocean monitoring and education projects. If you’d
like to get out on the big blue and do something to help, check out
Marks-the-Spot – what latitude is the space station orbiting? I hope
they can’t actually see me – I’d have to put some clothes on when they
Thanks, Aimee, for the update on ocean rowers on the Pacific, and to
Janice for the info on poles of inaccessibility. Interesting that Ikuo
Tateo is going from California to Japan – although I can understand why
he wants to go that way (assuming that he is Japanese, and in fact, also
assuming that he is a he) it’s more usual to go the other way. So he
will have his work cut out. Good luck to him!
John H – thanks for the info on rainbows. Most of the bows I have seen
have been at sunrise, so I had got used to the higher arc. Your circular
rainbow as seen from a plane sounds amazing. Trippy!
Thought for the day:
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living.
The other helps you make a life.
Photo: I was rather fond of this picture of my fishy friends, with
sunbeams. Joan, what do you reckon?!
Sponsored miles: Thomas Huddle, Scott McCarter, Nick Perdiew, Alexandra Stevens, Nancy Bowman, Doug Grandt (in memory of Larry), Courtney Elwood, Karen Morss, Jennifer Bester, Kamas Industries – grateful thanks for sponsoring.