Just a few hours ago, the Rainbow Warrior crossed the International Date Line on the way to British Columbia, which means we now have two Saturdays this week. Awesome! We're well under way, and if all goes as planned, we will be in Canada in just over two weeks.
While having two Saturdays already makes for a pretty good week, there are four words that can turn the worst of days into a great success - “Dolphins on the bow!” While it’s always exciting to see whales, sharks, seals and other creatures on the open ocean, dolphins are definitely a treat.
There's nothing quite like seeing a pod of 40 or more dolphins swimming alongside the ship, bow-riding, or playing in our wake. It doesn't happen every day, but it's not uncommon. Things get really interesting when there's phosphorescence - plankton that glow in the water – added to the mix. Imagine walking along the deck in the middle of the night, having a glance over the railing, and seeing a glow-in-the-dark pod of dolphins splashing around. The first time I saw it, I thought I was dreaming.
Dolphins seem to particularly love the Rainbow Warrior, especially when we're under sail. I'm sure it's an unusual sight for them – a massive ship gliding silently through the water – no loud engine noise and exhaust spewing into the air and water. We cruise along at a comfortable speed for them, so it's an easy way for our marine friends to get a free ride.
There's a lot to see on the ocean, but one thing that always seems to haunt us is garbage. There is garbage everywhere in the water. No matter how far from land we are, or which direction we are going, there always seems to be a plastic bottle, rubber bits, or unidentified debris floating past at regular intervals. It's pretty alarming, because this is just the junk on the surface. I can't imagine what things look like on the way to the bottom.
You may have heard of “garbage island.” I had a hard time believing something like that actually exists, but after seeing the amount of debris floating around in our water, I'm a horrified believer. I'll repeat one of the most overstated, yet apparently most ignored sayings ever – make sure you recycle, and be a smart consumer of disposable products.
In other news, be sure to stay up-to-date on what's happening to our friends and colleagues aboard the Arctic Sunrise. I would like to close by saying #FreeTheArctic30.
Much love from the Rainbow Warrior and her crew, to you!