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Nuclear Ninety North

Eclipse of the Midnight Sun

August 1st, 2008

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Fishing Fleet Encounter

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2008-07-21 23:32 UTC Click images for reduced size. 75°50.65'N 41°13.82'E

Around midnight ship's time, as we approached 76° North, we encountered a fishing fleet composed of Norwegian and Russian ships harvesting krill.

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2008-07-21 23:35 UTC 75°51.67'N 41°15.32'E

You can see that this Norwegian ship is towing its trawl net from the stern.

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2008-07-22 00:10 UTC 75°54.27'N 41°11.80'E

We made a close rendezvous with the Murmansk-based Ostrov Valaam whose net attracted the attention of numerous seabirds.

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2008-07-21 23:45 UTC 75°53.54'N 41°14.31'E

Packages were passed between the ships by sealing them in watertight bags attached to floats, and retrieved by grapnel. The Ostrov Valaam sent us some Franz Josef Land shrimp which were served at a barbecue a few days later.

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2008-07-22 00:35 UTC

by John Walker
August 20th, 2008
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