MARINE LIFE AND MICRO-PLASTIC SAMPLING
WEATHER: Winds from the ENE @ 13 to 18 knots. Seas from the SSW @ 7 feet / 14-15 seconds.
Today, CC4 Pacific reports in that they have been visited by more marine life.
“Although there are no pirates in this part of the Pacific, the boys endured a torpedoing attack of flying fish throwing themselves on the deck last night. This morning, it was like being on a fishing boat.”
After continuing their row after Hurricane JULIO, we are confident that the crew on La Cigogne will be able to handle a few flying fish. Of course, if the flying fish become too overwhelming, assistance is never far away for any of our crews. Many of the boats that have arrived in O’ahu still had several flying fish on the deck that had eluded the crews during their clean up operations when they wriggle behind items on the deck like a liferaft. After a few weeks these start to smell pretty bad meaning that boats arriving in Hawaii certainly have a very special aroma. Thankfully after throwing the dead fish over the side and washing with water the boats stop smelling.
The reports that have come from many of our crews is that they saw much more wildlife at the start and the end of the row than in the middle section. This is not particularly surprising as not only are nutrients in the sea more plentiful near to these coastal locations but also Monterey Bay is part of the largest National Marine Sanctuary in the USA and the south coast of O’ahu is a Humpback whale sanctuary. We have heard takes of whale, dolphin, shark and fish sightings in both of these locations for may crews. Even Orca have been seen along the north coast of Molokai by Boatylicious as they approached the finish line. We hope that CC4 Pacific will also see some of these more majestic marine creatures to compliment their barrage of flying fish.
However, it’s a sad truth that all crews also highlighted the amount of rubbish that they saw in the Pacific. These range from various plastic items such as plastic bags, garden chairs to a discarded broken lightbulb. It is shocking to think that even in the middle of the Pacific there is evidence of our wasteful nature especially when it comes to plastic items. We are happy that many of our crews have been able to collect water samples from the middle of the ocean for Adventure Science to assess the prevalence of micro-plastics in the middle of the Pacific.
Meanwhile back on land…
Having outrun ISELLE, Team Boatylicious crew member Amanda Challans found the perfect souvenir to commemorate their ‘survival’ of the hurricanes JULIO and ISELLE. Now on special offer at an ABC store near you (if you live in O’ahu).
Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.