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Location: Underway to Sorong, Indonesia

Land Ho!! Day three of passage, and we are finally able to catch a glimpse of Raja Ampat. Additionally, as this is being written, we are counting down the minutes to crossing the equator. The excitement is inconceivable. It’s almost time to set down our anchor and explore a whole new part of Southeast Asia.

Our day began with an electric watch. Some epic Pirates of the Caribbean theme music and sick beatboxing by Amelia and Ian was more than enough to keep our energy high. As the sun started to peek over the clouds, we were greeted by a pod of dolphins right off the port sidetheir gasps of awe as we watched these dolphins play in the shadow of the bow. The story continues when only a few hours later, we were able to see another pod of dolphins, this time for the whole crew to see. We were sad to see the dolphins go, but we were brought out of the pit of despair by a small white spray that appeared at 11 o’clock. We all came onto the deck like we were storming the castle. A pod of more pilot whales than I could have ever imagined were feeding just a few boat lengths away, their dorsal fins just poking out of the water. To say that we were close enough to smell them would not be an exaggeration. I would be lying if I said that I did not have the urge to go join the whales in the water. It was simply magical.

A nice rain shower followed, which allowed us to cool off after a couple of days of hot sun. We had a good study session in preparation for our Marine Bio exam and gained chart and navigational experience in seamanship. Our day was topped off with some fried rice for lunch and baked mac’n’cheese for dinner, courtesy of Will. As of now, we are looking forward to docking in the port of Sorong by tomorrow morning and are optimistic to see what the new day offers.

Current position:
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131 37.3132 E

Pictured:
Grace during bow watch
Our dolphin Mellon (friend) on the bow
Us watching the whales
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