One of the troubles with oceans is their reluctance to yield their secrets. It is just so hard to get a good look at the creatures of the deep.
For example, within the space of half an hour today I saw a grey dorsal fin slicing the surface of the water. Then I saw a large fishy shape, about 6 feet long, under the water. Then I saw a tail, shaped like a whale tail, i.e. horizontal relative to the fish’s body, rather than vertical, but couldn’t see the rest of the creature. Then I managed to get these shots of a fish – or possibly two – who swam repeatedly underneath my boat.
But how many of these fishy body parts belonged to the same critter? Obviously the whale tail must belong to somebody else. But what about the fin? And I thought the chap(s) in the photos was about 4 feet long, but it was very difficult to gauge how far underwater he was, and hence his size.
No wonder sailors of old imagined up the most bizarre sea monsters. A bit of this one and a bit of that one, and soon enough you end up with something quite surreal. And then, of course, sometimes the something surreal turns out to be entirely real.
Can anybody give me an ID on the chap in the photo? I was quite intrigued by the distinctive dark band across his face, and the series of yellow markings between his dorsal fin and tail. I’d love to know who he is!
I had a bit of a low point this evening, just after sunset. My iPod refused to recharge, and I thought I would have to resort to one of the other 6. But when I opened their “waterproof” container, I found it damp inside, and the entire squad was showing the effects of corrosion. I was suddenly very weary of this ongoing battle of attrition against seawater. No matter how careful I am, it gets everywhere – into lockers, food, clothes, bedding, and electronics. Okay, so a wet iPod is not exactly a Mayday situation, but it can certainly sap morale. Eventually I found a solution – using the inverter and AC recharger worked where the DC recharger had failed – but by then I was thoroughly grumpy with that big blue salty thing outside.
Anna Farmery – first class honours?! You girly swot!! Seriously, I’m impressed. I know enough about law exams to know just how much hard work and intelligence that takes. I was delighted to scrape a 2:2. Fantastically well done, my dear, and I will row as fast as possible towards that celebratory beer!
Sarah Watson – UBS and Liverpool St certainly do seem a lifetime ago. We’ve come a long way, baby! (“Baby” being more the operative word in your case! 🙂 Hope to see you in CT for a catchup. It’s been too long!
Delta – thanks for the info on wave height. Very interesting. I think that was mentioned in the book “The Wave” which I rather foolishly listened to while rowing between Fremantle and Geraldton. From my perspective, waves hereabouts are certainly more than big enough!
Quote: “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” (Tolstoy)
Sponsored Miles: Rob King, Cynthia Kruger, Terry Jones, Larry Grandt – grateful thanks for “your” miles.