On our way to Falkland Islands/ Las Malvinas. Light winds and summer day crossing over to the roaring 40’s. During the morning we had a bit of sail training taking away the staysails, and even some of us climbed the rigging to furl them. After morning coffee time, Jordi repeated the talk about Albatrosses, Petrels and other seabirds of the South Atlantic. A relevant lecture for our trip as those birds have been already around us since the beginning of the trip, and will accompany the ship during the rest of the voyage. Falklands and South Georgia represent important nesting site for them, and Antarctica as well, as some of the Petrel species also breed in the white continent, but the albatrosses being more a Subantarctic species. In the meantime, some small flocks of Cape Petrels flu around, together with a lonely Southern fulmar, a few Giant Petrels, and even a solitary Wilson storm petrel was spotted. A couple of majestic Royal albatrosses soar over the swell close to the ship. Those species, together with the Wandering albatrosses, have the largest wingspan of any flying bird in the planet, reaching over 3.2m to 3.5m. Other species that had been with us during the day were the South American terns, visiting us in increasing numbers along the day and using the ship to take a rest on their trips in search of food. The truth is that many of them seem to be using a free ride in the Europa on our way Southwards, and could be found in different spots just resting all over the rigging. During the day and continuing with the down rigging of the gear that we will not use in the next months, the crew spent time up the mast preparing all to take away the Fore Skysail. Thanks to the calm seas and clear skies we could enjoy lunch on deck. Pretty lucky we could do this because as we had our meal a group of orcas was spotted, crossing our way close to the ship. . . Picture and words by @barkeuropa . . Use #everydayatsea
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