400 miles off shore
Life on a crossing is some thing most people will never experience. In fact it probably different than most people would really think. First off you work in shifts around the clock. Some one has to be actively watching 360 degrees of ocean 24 hours a day. Contrary to what you might think this is much easer at might when the radar does the work for you. This watch system does weird things to the system. Your sleep patterns get all messed up and the constant motion is like being in a fun house that has no exit door. But hey fun houses were always my favorite ride at the fair so bring it on. Still some times when the alarm goes off at 2Am for your 0200-0500 shift its not exactly the sound you want to here.
Some time during the second day the winds started to level off and the ride became much more smooth. For some reason dolphins seem to love this boat. May be it’s the way the bow is shapes may be it’s the noise the engine makes? I don’t know? But I would like to report that the dolphin population in this part of the world is thriving. Multiple times a day we have had larger groups of dolphins some 100 strong riding our bow wake and jumping all around us. It’s always the biggest dolphin right in front of the boat riding the endless wave. You can see the scares on their back form their constant battles for dominance in the pod. If you listen really closely you can here them talking to each other as the glide along.
This experience always gets everyone off their butts and on the bow looking down at the oceans smartest and most playful species. It will be a sad day when the cry of “Dophins, come look!!” is no longer herd on the boat and for now everyone is still very interested.
Where in the hell are we gonging? Where in the hell is here? It’s hard to find your way with no signs. Still sometimes you see something unexpected that gives you an idea of exactly where you are. 300 miles off shore we came upon Milton reef. With depths up to this point having been over 4000’, it’s surprising to see a reef that breaks the surfaces as the tip of a giant extinct volcano. Basically, what happens is a volcano breaks the surface and a coral reef grows around it. Over millions of years the volcano erodes away and sinks leaving a ring of coral just below the surface. Since coral is forever growing upward this ring remains. Surprising to us and even more surprising the 5 ship wrecks we saw scattered around the five miles of open ocean reef. One wreck was the rusted hull of a huge cargo ship on its side. Another wreck possibly only 5-10 years old reminds us why we are keeping 24 hours watches.