44.0 to 43.2 degrees south

Thursday July 16, 2009

After an overnight steam north, we were about 50 miles south of the Tasmanian continental shelf slope at dawn and bird density was very low.  Grey-backed Storm Petrel numbers were much lower than on the outward journey (only two seen). Another Light-mantled Sooty Albatross was a highlight but remained distant. The highlight of the morning was when Stacey found a mixed pod of Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphins and Long-finned Pilot Whales. On the trip back in to the Derwent we recorded a few species not seen elsewhere in the trip, including Little Penguin, Crested Tern, Black-faced Cormorant and Kelp Gull.

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Simon Mustoe