This morning I was supposed to run through the sampling protocol with the lovely Karen from the Ant. Div., so that I can jump in if they ever need an extra pair of hands. I arrived in the lab and before she could finishing saying ‘get out of here, why aren’t you up looking at icebergs?’ I was already up on the deck. In the distance, shrouded in fog I could just make out the shape. I stood squinting for ages, admiring the albatross as they glided majestically over the backwash.
I was kidding myself to think I could still see an outline when I turned to to be confronted by an enormous iceberg we were passing on the starboard side. Which was lucky as I also discovered that in the excitement I had forgotten to hit record on the camcorder. Sorry people in marketing I’ll ask the ABC if they can lend me some shots.
Since writing that last paragraph a few hours ago we are now SURROUNDED by floating ice. I really can’t describe how beautiful it is. The ice is not white but a luminous blue. We are all beaming. The deputy voyage leader, the indomitable Dr Barbara Frankel, and I gave each other a big hug on the deck as we were both so excited. It is one of things I love about this job, to see people such as Barbara, who have been with the Division for such a long time, and they still lose their marbles the first time the icebergs come into view.
For those who missed the ABC interview the cameras have been out again. The sound engineer and I have been posing on the deck for the cameras, looking out into the frozen landscape having a deep discussion. I hope no one can lip read as I am actually trying to make Ben laugh by saying “so these ‘so-called’ icebergs, what do you think they are made of?”, or something to that effect.