Tassie Seamount Delivers!!

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Subject: Tassie Seamount Delivers!!
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:56:33 +0000

We are about six hours outside Hobart right now, enjoying a calm sunlit cruise 
past Bruny, two hours after a hectic 40 knot knock down wind forced all hands 
on deck to take down the main sail as we keeled over at 45 degrees!!

It's been an awesome four days sailing though, with two days of amazing calm 
weather, with one evening spent drifting over the cascade plateau, spotlighting 
Antarctic Prions and watching two foot long bioluminescent invertebrates float 
by like glow sticks in the water.

The cetaceans and seabirds have been incredible...two Sei Whales literally feet 
from the boat put on an amazing display skim-feeding on their side for half an 
hour around us...a once in a lifetime experience!! Best birds were, two 
Broad-billed Prions, two Westland Petrels, a couple of hundred Gould's Petrels, 
two dozen subantarctic Little Shearwaters, one probable Salvin's Prion, a Grey 
Petrel, a Buller's Shearwater, a Black-bellied Storm-petrel and a Blue Petrel. 
Other cetaceans included Long-finned Pilot Whales feeding with Oceanic 
Bottlenose Dolphins and a mixed pod of Common Dolphins with a few Striped 

More later, plus photos and some video.

Simon Mustoe, Bill Moorhead, Jack Moorhead, Tracey Cuin, Michael Hansen, Bill 
Wakefield, Else Wakefield, Grant Penrhyn, Alexandra Ferguson and Bob Way.

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