44.0 to 43.2 degrees south
Thursday July 16, 2009
[From the trip 2009 (Week 1) Soela Seamount Pelagic]
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.