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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Highs and Lows of being at Sea

Grant Meikle
Engineer, Gojira

We are currently heading due north out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, I feel very proud to be part of what has been our most successful campaign ever. Knowing the Japanese whaling fleet has retreated and is also heading home, has made the personal sacrifices we all make as crew all worthwhile.

For me the campaign started in Hobart, and has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster with the highs being stopping the Yusshin Maru No. 3 dead in the water, finding the Nisshin Maru, and staying on its tail until the Bob Barker caught up. The low has been that my mother passed away while I was on the campaign.

Now that I have experienced being part of the crew, I will only have the utmost respect for anyone who takes time out of their lives to stand up for what they believe in. It was a huge step outside of my comfort zone. It’s a major change in environment being at sea, from sleeping habits, to food, and general comfort. When my wife asked my 8-year-old son Jake if it was ok for dad to go away for along time he replied, “I will miss him, but it’s his dream,” and that sums up very well how I feel.