July 29, 2008
Today we are at our furthest point west of the cruise: 75.5N, -157.10W, in the Canada Basin of the Beaufort Sea. We had our first all-ship polar bear sighting. We saw a mother with two cubs, and an additional bear in the water.
We tossed out our first set of drift bottles. Information on the drift bottle project is here.
We had our first snow (flurries).
We had the most wind -- 28 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots-- producing the biggest swells -- 6-8 feet-- so far on the cruise.