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Blog: Night patrol and iceberg spotting - 14 February

We are not far enough south yet to have 24 hours of daylight so it is still getting dark at night, albeit a bit later than in Wellington right now. One of the hazards of navigating Antarctic waters is icebergs. So combine semi-dark and a thick fog that has rolled in since we sailed over the polar front and the bridge officers now have the very important job of watching out for big lumps of floating ice. We haven’t seen any bergs yet, but the air temperature has taken a plunge to 0.4°C, and the sea is a chilly 3°C.

Ice-lights illuminating the murky foggy Antarctic night.

[Photo: Arne Pallentin, NIWA]

[Photo: Sadie Mills, NIWA]

Research subject: Antarctica