By Kelly Strzepek

Oh I have so much to tell and only a few waking moments left. I’ve just taken a sea sickness tablet to be on the safe side for sampling at 3am. I’ll be groggy enough without being ill as well. Mind you the tablets also make me groggy. If you had asked me this morning if I had my sea legs yet I would have said “yes”. Ask me now and I’m not so sure. I don’t feel ill but I do feel odd, perhaps a little slow and a little clumsy? No need for anyone who knows me to comment on that one. But we have begun sampling and with two nets already out we have success! I’ll explain the science in tomorrow’s post. Today I feel too odd to be serious.

I had a nap this afternoon and dreamt that I was in the wet lab near the trawl deck without shoes on. Such a no no to be in there without your steel capped boots and there I was in bare feet! So I panicked, which woke me up, sat bolt upright and smacked my forehead on the bunk above. It’s no wonder I feel a little odd. I am, however, as happy as the proverbial clam. I love being at sea. I love the enormous ocean, the noise of the ship, the diverse science and most of all, and the very interesting characters that you meet. I met my husband on a research voyage. Clearly oceanographers don’t get out much otherwise……..

The highpoint of today was the discovery of the hitherto unidentified giant worm looking creatures we pulled up in our nets. Gigantism is not at all uncommon in the Antarctic however there are also many species yet to be identified. Without an expert on giant worm looking creatures, and without Google, I’ll be honest we were a bit lost. They weren’t salps, definitely not sea cucumbers and unlikely to be tunicates. They were long, pink and a bit bobbly. Hmmm perhaps these were my sea legs! No wonder I’m feeling odd.