CRUISING CROCKER BAY
We awoke this morning at the entrance to Crocker Bay on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on earth. The bay is large and sheltered by high snow covered mountains and boasts two glaciers which we will see from the ship. This is the furthest North (74 degrees Latitude) we will get on this voyage as we head south to Pond Inlet. Alas, we did not get tickets to the unexpected adventure here. The plan is that we will spend the day here. Because of the mountains, there is no internet service. I plan to finish my mittens. For the last two days, the weather has been below zero and we have been assaulted by snow squalls, at times heavy, and today looks like no exception.
Didn't work on the mittens - maybe tomorrow. After breakfast, I checked out the "scopes" on the 12th deck and saw some marine life. Hoped they were Narwhal but turned out to be Harp Seals, about 6 feet in length and weigh 2 to 3 hundred pounds and are very gregarious. We counted nine of them frolicking in the water all day. Apparently there was one ringed seal and one bearded seal too. Luckily, we were parked in front of the largest glacier or "glass-ee-ear" as our British Expedition leader calls them so didn't miss much by not going on the zodiacs today. We went for our hour walk on the deck and when the sun came out, found we were overdressed. As the ship was anchored, there was little wind. We had a brief nap, before heading to Art Class which was clay-board mono prints. We found this art form was addictive and could have kept going and going producing more and more of our amazing art!
We missed lunch so had a bite at the Bistro. We are leaving the Bay as I write this so will be on deck checking for more wildlife.
Tomorrow we are booked on the fast RIB boat for an exploration of Tay and Eclipse Sound. We are hoping for glimpses of narwhal and walrus.