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Engine Room Blog: Finding the Fleet

By David Nickarz

We are well on our way to the southern ocean and we have an escort.  There is a “security ship” following us at around eight nautical miles, matching our speed.  This means we are on campaign and ready for action. 

The action has been getting more intense the more campaigns we are forced to come down here to defend the whales.  Every year, we encounter the whalers sooner than before and are able to affect their operations for longer.

This year we were barely out of Australian territorial waters and we are already being followed.  This is good news because that ship costs them a lot of money.  We intend to inflict more economic damage than ever before.

On a personal note: I’ve struggled with a brief period of seasickness and have settled into a nice routine.  I usually get sick for a few hours after a few days at sea.  After heaving up into a bucket and getting some sleep, I was back on track.

It is tough sleeping when the ship is rolling, but there are remedies for that.  You just need to reduce the space in your already small bunk. Fill it with blankets, life jackets or anything you can get your hands on.  Last year I used another mattress placed upright beside me.  It held me tight so I couldn’t move much at all.  When the ship was rolling, I was held tight.



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