More pictures from Antarctica!

A recent trawl along the bottom brought back a few different animals that live on the seafloor.  This octopus is about 3 inches wide. It is hanging out on the side of a five gallon bucket.  We let it go after a few hours, and quite a few photos.

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All our meals are served in the mess.  The schedule is: breakfast 7:30-8:30, lunch 11:30-12:30, dinner 17:30-18:30 and mid-rats 23:30-:00:30.  Mid-rats is a second midnight dinner.  Some people get a bite to eat before going to bed, and others are just getting up to work all night long.  The ship runs 24 hours a day.  There are always people awake and working.

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We have been catching a lot of krill and somebody decided to make krill pancakes.  They taste like shrimp, and are an acquired taste.

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In the mess you pick up a plate and serve yourself in the food line.  So far we’ve had great salads and fruit.  There is always plenty to choose from.

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We had a sunny morning with lots of light streaming in the portholes.

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This is high noon.  For most of the day the sun is behind the mountains and hardly gets high enough to shine above them.  When the sun comes out the views can be pretty spectacular.

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It is very hard to judge the scale of Andvord Bay.  The edge of the water in this photo is about 2 miles away.  The mountain is 3500 feet tall.  The air is very dry and clear.  The mountains look a lot closer than they actually are.

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