I am a deep-sea biologist and surfer and my work takes me to interesting corners of the world which is a great opportunity for an amateur photographer
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Seismic missadventures with PGS Explorer
November 4, 2006
Once again - mitigating impact of seismic surveying vessels on marine mammals and turtles
Colleagues. My whale watchin buddies - Mik and Ronin - posing while we are doing a fire drill on top deck
Hard Hat. This moment had to be captured for posterity
Poser. Mi amigo Ronan - just too damn cool for school...
Gasmask. In all seriousness - these had expired, so we were allowed to practice on them. They still worked well - its just that they have to
Workboat Sunset. Justa perfect opprtunity for a shot - when the workboat was out
Crew change. I shall be heading back to civilization on this vessel
Growth. The hair is slowly but surely growing back
Refueling. Today we refueled at sea - a rather delicate and complex business!
Room after storm. Yep - I woke up this morning to find everything on the floor! - Silly old me i forgot to stow everything away before the b
Bow wave. Anothe day - another storm!
More of the same. Yep -the only nice thing about these days - is that I get the day off!
Jump Suit. Standard procedure if a fart is detected in the bridge...
Red Nose. Well - even in the gulf of Mexico it can get chilly with a northerly wind - My nose seems to take most of the brunt though...
My Abode. Yes folks - the red circle indicates the position of my penthouse suite on the starboard (right) side of the Ocean Explorer
Masked Booby. Not something you'd see unless you are a couple hundred miles from land - they have at least a 4ft wingspan - very graceful fl
Immature Masked Booby. What makes these guys so impressive, is that they are increadible divers. I watched for an hour as this guy repeatedl
Bridge. This is my other office - in the foregorund is Vladdo - the Slovakian 2nd Officer - and in the background is Mike - my fellow whale
Filipino hatchet job. Yeah... I ask the guy for a wee trim - and tell him to use the largest comb guard on the clippers. The first swipe, he
Transfer. In the age of technology - the way a guy is transferred from one boat to another is still via a rope ladder!
Close Up Gull. This guy was hovering about 5m from me
Mammal Life. Some of the less savoury aspects of being on watch on the helideck is that one must endure sights such as these...
Ruf. This guy looks how I feel in the mornins...
Ruby Crowned Kinglet. THis fella (tis male) flew down right next to me when on watch
Ruby on Yellow. A riot of colour...
Office View. My evening office view - with all my essential bits of equipment: My shortwave radio for BBC Worldservice, my UHF radio, my not
Dove on the Ropes. This guy just keeps following me around!
New Dawn. This was the sunrise after that epic storm on wednesday and thursday - spectacular!
Sunset with Compadre. Another epic sunset , with my colleage, Ronan partly in the way...
Drenched. 15-20ft seas and 50mph winds with 60mph gusts. I braved the bridge outer rail to take this shot, and paid for it by getting drench
Getting Rougher. This was taken by my colleague, Ronan, a few hours after my picture. Its even rougher now!
Rainbow. Never seen a low arch rainbow like this. Shot was taken just a couple seconds before the storm hit
God Ray. Just a cool ray of light - the calm before the storm. Half an hour after I took this picture, it was 45mph winds with rain and ligh
Where the hell are we?. The cold front has just hit, with 45mph winds and hard rain. Our visibility has gone down to less than 100m - no wha
Another chopper. Second landing the following day - I just couldn't resist another shot. The picture doesn't do justice to the feeling of ha
Crab. A little fuzzy I know, but seriously, how in the hell did this little fella end up on the bridge deck??!!
Holy crane. I was just minding my own business, looking for whales, when this photo op presented itself
White Winged Dove. Couln't pass up this opportunity - it was only 2m away!
Sikorsky Chopper. This is the crew change chopper that I'll be boarding sometime around Dec 18th. It comes once every 5 weeks.
Nimbus Rainbow. If you look closely, you can just make out a rainbow in the middle of this cummulo nimbus cloud
Dark n Stormy. 0615 in the morning I start watch and see this evil looking front heading towards us. 20 minutes later and the wind is 30kts
Personnel Transfer. 2 guys had to be moved from our ship to another ship to get on a helicopter. even in relatively light seas, you can see
Sea Bedouin. Forgot to bring a hat!
Big Sky. I'll get used to these in a couple weeks!
Vans. Where ever I go, the Vans go.
My Office. With all the downsides to this job, the view is definately a perk
Man Overboard Drill. They throw a mannekin overboard and then sound the alarm. We stand around while these guys shoot off in the jet boat to
A bird in the hand.... A Ruby Crowned Kinglet flew into the palm of my colleague while we were on watch - just long enough so I could get th
Mr Hanky. This is the inside view from my toilet - an inspired notice!
Evenin watch. Yes, I know, its sad - that I had to take this picture myself!
Groggy. A winter plumage Laughing Gull - lookin a wee bit sleepy - much like the photographer!
Bow. What can i say - its the bow...
Exploration Rig. A typical sight out here in the Gulf of Mexico - an exploration rig that was about 7kim off our Portside
Helideck from Port Stern. That really says it all - the helideck lookin forwards from the arse end of the boat. This will ultimately be my o
Right half of new cabin. With this room, I get new and improved porn on the walls - to celebrate my status!
Portside Lifeboat. Just so you guys know that there are means for me to escape in times of emergency!
Topsy Turvey. In the foreground is the Falcon Explorer, a sister ship to mine - and behind it is the Ramform Viking - a beast shaped like cr
Left half of new cabin. Nice!
Segway Hot Rod. In the midst of 10000 harcore bikers, this brave soul proudly cruised the streets in defiance!
Ocean Explorer stern. What can I say - she has an ugly ass!
Lounge. My entertainment home for the next 6 weeks - yay.
Ocean Explorer. My home, my office and my recreation until the 18th of December
My Cabin Window. Ah! My penthouse suite view...at no extra cost either! I can see you all drooling with envy.
Bikes. More than 10,000 bikes down the strand at Galveston - makes Cocoa Beach look like child's play
Cabin. My deluxe accommodation - note the tasteful calender permanently bolted to the left wall!
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