The biggest river you never heard of

We are just about to enter the Agulhas Current off the east coast of Africa. The red stars are our proposed drill sites and the squiggles are the eddies and loops in the Agulhas Current.

Happy Year of the Monkey!

Our three scientists working at Japanese universities created a New Year's dragon and welcomed in the Year of the Monkey, complete with candy erupting as fire from the dragon's craw.  A much more entertaining staff meeting!  Unfortunately I only have a photo of the puppet's head - if someone shares a photo of Francisco, Kaoru and Masako performing in it, I will replace mine for sure.

Pete's on watch

I just realized that with the lost blogs of the first week, I also lost my tag photo, and sadly me with Safety Penguin was someone else's photo.  But this is a good one of me in my office here on the JR.  Today the Chief Scientists gave an excellent overview to all the crew of just exactly what we're looking for on this expedition and why.

Feb. 6, 2016 - hopefully the end of the technical difficulties!

The faithful followers might have noticed that my blog disappeared for a day or so, and now the last half dozen dates are dated rather than titled.  There was a minor glitch in transferring from Exp. 360 to 361, so I've had to replace the entries (luckily I had them recorded elsewhere).  But now we're good to go.

Feb. 5, 2016

First day out included an emergency drill.  Everyone has an assigned lifeboat 1-4, but just two can accommodate the entire shipboard complement.

Feb. 4, 2016

Last day to enjoy solid land - a number of people did last minute shopping at both the Jumbo supermarket as well as the local ones in Mauritius.  I took a walk around town and spent quite a while watching the giant fruit bats flying around and roosting in just one particular tree in the banyan tree park.

2nd photo for blog below

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