I was quite glad we didn’t a) run into the perfect storm, b) run into one of the freak waves some of my mates at UNSW are researching in their water laboratory. Occasionally, due to a combination of wave effects, you can end up with waves 10’s of meters high. These freak waves have been known to wipe out ships and oil rigs in one wave. They are almost impossible to predict and to prepare for so the guys at UNSW are attempting to replicate the conditions using millions of different wave combinations.
Tomorrow we are back to Ny Ålesund and the sheltered fjords to do some kelp collection and learn about echinoderms.