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All is well in the Indian

Oct 16, 2009

Location: Underway to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
Author: Joh Callahan
So today was just another day on the Indian, and everything was all and well. We had a few cool occurrences today, mainly being the showing of a couple pilot whales. Originally they were thought to be exceptionally large dolphins, but Beaker was quick to point out that we were, in fact, mistaken. The pod of whales followed us for a mile or two, lazily popping out of the water and being generally dolphin-esque. Today we also had a debate, which was a refreshing change from the normal rigors of a classroom located on a 112′ yacht. We had a friendly discussion on the pros and cons of aquaculture, which is another term for fish farming. Things got quite heated towards the end, but in the end we managed to shake hands through gritted teeth, tired of arguing. The rest of the day was essentially a normal day, showers at three, dinner at six, etc. Everyone seems to be getting in the groove of days underway; nausea seems to be a thing of the past for the most part. No one is happier than I to say this, considering there was nearly a “Reserved” spot for myself located directly at the stern of the boat. A black market has also reared its ugly head recently, turning innocent, harmless crew members into haggling machines. Anything has a price, when you’ve got a hankering for a sleeve of Oreos or a snickers bar. Other than that, everyone seems to be getting along just fine, as we are chugging along to Mauritius.