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Voyage of the Odyssey - ATLANTIC OCEAN

  • January 2005 - August 2005

Follow the experiences of the crew and scientists on this epic journey encompassing across the Atlantic Ocean - the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Atlantic Crossing and the Bahamas.
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August 17, 2005
'We did it! The Voyage Comes Home to Boston'
"Today at 10am, the Research Vessel Odyssey sailed into Boston harbor after almost five and a half years studying sperm whales and ocean pollution on all oceans around the world."
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August 15, 2005
'On Our Way Home - Searching for Whales off the Eastern United States'
"Mixed feelings emerge as we reflect on the five and a half incredible years since we threw the lines off the dock in San Diego, California and set sail across the Pacific Ocean. As the experience of a lifetime, a life among whales, draws to an end, it is with great pride, but also sadness that our final journey concludes on August 17th in Boston Massachusetts."
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August 11, 2005
'The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey'
"For fifteen years, Diane Claridge, a research scientist from the Bahamas has recorded numerous cetacean sightings including beaked whales off Abaco Island. She began the BMMS in 1991 in an effort to document what species of cetaceans existed in the area and in the wider Caribbean region."
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August 3, 2005
'The Cruelty of Whaling'
"At last month's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Ulsan, South Korea, the Japanese Government declared its intention to add humpback whales and fin whales to its list of target species in the 2006/7 season of its Antarctic 'scientific whaling' program. The announcement reignited concern and debate about the steady rise in global scientific and commercial whaling practices. One of the stronger arguments against whaling is the unequalled brutality of even the most modern whale-killing methods."
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July 15, 2005
'Dog Island, Anguilla - A Living Eden in the Caribbean'
"A few weeks ago, the Odyssey visited the island of Anguilla. Anguilla is a United Kingdom Overseas Territory and is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. Dog Island is a 2.5 square miles in size privately owned island, 11 miles from the main island is one of the most interesting uninhabited offshore outposts."
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June 29, 2005
'IWC 2005 - Ulsan, Korea. Commercial Whaling in the Name of Science?'
"Last week, after sending one of the largest delegations in history to this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Ulsan, South Korea, Japan failed in their bid to resume commercial whaling. However, they announced that Humpback whales and the endangered fin whale will be targeted next year by their 'scientific whaling' program."
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June 10, 2005
'An Introduction to the Internation Whaling Commission'
"Every year, in the weeks leading up to the meeting, the public is flooded with news media on the issues of scientific whaling, the return of commercial whaling, vote buying, whaling sanctuaries and so on. Many of us are concerned about the long term fate of our oceans and its cetacean inhabitants, but often the language and issues related to the IWC are difficult to fully understand."
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June 3, 2005
'Arrival in Sint Maarten'
"After 27 days at sea, the Odyssey pulled into the harbor of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten to provision, fuel up and give the crew a short, well-deserved break. The Atlantic crossing was filled with many highlights and challenges along the way."
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May 30, 2005
'Shearwaters and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge'
"As the crew crosses their third and final ocean, the Voyage of the Odyssey is sailing closer to its end. However, there is really only one true, interconnected ocean covering 71% of our planet. On the floor of this one, enormous ocean, forces generated by underwater volcanic activity continually expand and shrink the length and width of the ocean floor, and even move continents."
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May 23, 2005
'Twelve Forty Grounds'
"Our southwest course takes us on a direct route to the Twelve Forty grounds. An area 12 degrees north of latitude and 40 degrees west longitude. The crew is pleased to find sperm whales in the old twelve forty whaling grounds. Interestingly, we have sighted a number of social groups including several calves."
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May 18, 2005
'Leatherback Sea Turtles'
"Having left the waters of the Canary Islands, where loggerhead sea turtles sightings were an almost daily occurrence, we are yet to sight any during our Atlantic crossing. Towing our acoustic array and with at least one crew member aloft on observation watch throughout the daylight hours in our constant search for sperm whales, we hope to get a glimpse of another great, open ocean wonderer, the giant, one ton leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)."
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May 11, 2005
'Crossing the Atlantic Ocean'
"A few days ago, we departed the territorial waters of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco to embark on an epic three thousand mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean - our final ocean crossing of the Voyage."
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May 5, 2005
'Message from Iain Kerr - Biomarkers and Whales'
"Marine mammals can accumulate environmental contaminants in their blubber at concentrations known to be harmful to laboratory animals. Unfortunately, there is still limited understanding of the effects of such contaminant loads in whales."
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April 28, 2005
'Sailing on a Sea of Plastic'
"The vastness of the ocean is incomprehensible to those who have never spent any time at sea. Yet, as we gaze out over the horizon from onboard Odyssey over what most of us imagine is a pristine seascape, we are continually confronted with a sea of plastic."
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April 19, 2005
'Atlantic Spotted Dolphins'
"The Atlantic spotted dolphin is one of two members of the genus Stenella that are endemic to the temperate and warm, tropical waters of the Atlantic. They are most commonly sighted inside the 250-meter depth contour along the southeastern and Gulf US coasts, in the Caribbean and off West Africa."
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April 10, 2005
'Education & Media in the Canary Islands - Raising Awareness about Whales'
"The crew found many sperm whales in the Canary Islands ensuring the success of this research leg. An equally important component of the Voyage is sharing our research with the local community through the media, visiting schools, and opening the Odyssey for tours."
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March 24, 2005
'Tortuga Hospital - Centro de Recuperacion de Fauna, Gran Canaria '
"Today we visited the Centro de Recuperacion de Fauna in Gran Canaria - a unique recovery center for injured sea turtles and other animals. More than 200 sea turtles, are brought to the rehabilitation hospital every year as a result of entanglement in fishing nets, swallowed hooks, ingested plastic, boat strikes and oil spills."
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March 17, 2005
'Five Years at Sea'
"Today's log is the personal stories of the 3 crewmembers who have stuck with the Odyssey through all the hard times and today celebrate not only 5 years of the Voyage of the Odyssey, but 5 years of their own personal voyages around the world."
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March 12, 2005
'Collision Course - Sperm Whales and Fast Ferries in the Canary Islands'
"The Odyssey crew spent the last days of our fourth research leg surveying the deep waters between Tenerife and Gran Canaria - an area known for collisions between sperm whales resting at the surface and fast ferries transporting tourists between islands."
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March 4, 2005
'El Hierro and Beaked Whales'
"Odyssey pulled into Puerto De La Restinga on the southeast coast of El Hierro to take refuge from rough seas. This gave the crew the opportunity to meet local whale researcher Natacha Aguilar De Soto - an expert in the ecology of beaked whales."
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February 23, 2005
'Loggerheads'
"We sight cetaceans around the Canary Islands almost every day. However, one of our most frequent encounters is with Caretta caretta - the loggerhead sea turtle."
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February 14, 2005
'Dolphin Drive Hunts in Japan'
"In the Canary Islands, the law protects cetaceans. However, in some countries, small cetaceans are not protected and are actively hunted. Learn more about what the dolphin drive hunt is and why it occurs in Japan."
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February 4, 2005
'A Whale of a Day'
"Under clear blue skies working on an unusually calm Atlantic ocean, we enjoyed a near perfect day with whales. The last time we sighted so many cetacean species was almost 2 years ago off the southern coast of Sri Lanka."
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January 27, 2005
'Whales in the Canaries'
"In the first research leg in the Canary Islands, the crew of the Odyssey are pleased to report we have found a number of sperm whales and other cetacean species in the area."
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January 14, 2005
'What are POPs?'
"The acronym 'POPs' stands for persistent organic pollutants. These are a group of chemicals that are known to present a toxic threat to humans, wildlife and the environment. Dr. Celine Godard explains."
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January 3, 2005
'Rebecca Clark - In Memorium'
"It is with the deepest sadness and sense of loss that we announce the death of our colleague and Odyssey crewmember Rebecca Clark - one of the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami."
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January 2, 2005
'Odyssey Arrival in Gran Canaria'
"The Odyssey has finished its research in the Mediterranean and has begun the final research area for the Voyage - the Atlantic Ocean. The first stop is the Canary Islands."
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December 17, 2004
'An Education Visit to Lofoten, Norway'
"While the Odyssey sailed to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Alliance media and education team was invited to give multimedia education presentations to local students, teachers and community members in Lofoten, Norway."
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