When we left Pond Inlet, the Icebreaker Oden passed through several clouds of fog on its transit back to Lancaster Sound. Within the gaps between the fog clouds, we were able to see very clearly thanks to the bright sunlight. Although the moments of clarity were brief, there was plenty of wildlife to observe that had been obscured from us by the fog. It was during this time that we had spotted our first polar bear and bowhead whales. The bridge erupted with excitement when we had spotted them, and within minutes, several people had come up to the bridge to view them. As one of the Birds and Mammals Team members pointed out, the polar bear was a male and appeared well-fed. By the end of the day, we had seen three polar bears and three bowheads.
In other news, our Birds and Mammals team had our first experience helping with the CTD sensor by collecting the water samples requested by the Micro Team. Albeit a short amount of time, it was a good tutorial for what the CTD sampling is like and how to collect water from the sampling bottles. The CTD is a device that nearly everyone of the scientists use for their data; it can be hectic at times when everyone is gathering water samples for their respective projects.
After helping the Micro Team secure their samples from the CTD, I went to help one of my mentors, Holly Morin, conduct one of the first live broadcasts to one of the partner museums. Although I was not in the broadcast, I got to help everyone get ready for the broadcast and saw what it was like behind the scenes. It made me believe that the communications side of our project was the most difficult to coordinate after seeing everything required to have a show.
My day had a great conclusion when I witnessed one of the two Inuit Ikaarvik scientists in our project gifted a flag of Nunavut to the captain of the ship.