The Aurora Australis. Image provided by Peter Schuller.

Each team is now firmly ensconced within its own routine. For me, I get up at 10:30am, go to the gym, each lunch and then have my post lunch lie down (possibly my favoutite part of the schedule). I rise in time for the shift change over at 1:45pm and then sample any CTD between then and 2am. It is a little like groundhog day here on the ship. While the conversations on board the ship are still endlessly stimulating for this little sponge they don’t make for the most scintillating reports. So instead I shall pepper my posts with a few images.

Welcome to the “Reasons why everybody should become an oceanographer” series.

I would love to be able to say that this is my image, however that would be a big fat lie. I envy those who were bestowed with both a sound analytical mind and artistic flair. I married such a man, no need for two members of the family to have it all. Today’s image was taken by the ship’s doctor, Peter Schuller. If you don’t swoon over this image then I think there is something wrong with you, but I must be honest it didn’t ACTUALLY appear this spectacular to the naked eye. A 15 second exposure was needed to pick up this much colour. This was probably a good thing as even muted I felt the urge to go around and hug everybody, had it been more colourful I may have passed out with excitement.

Reason 1 for becoming an oceanographer: Getting to glimpse the Southern Lights from the Southern Ocean (feeling insignificant in the universe is strangely comforting, my PhD thesis will never be quite like this work of art).