One of the draws of being at sea is that you never know what the day will hold; whales, waterspouts or rare fish could be just ahead. Many times, however, the next notable object to float by is manmade.
During a net tow, Pam noticed something floating just ahead of the ship. At first glance it looked just like the flags I see marking the hole on the golf course behind my house, but surely no golf courses have been built at sea, right? It turns out it was a buoy with a pvc pipe attached and a black flag flying on top.
The crew grabbed it as it floated by, and our best guess is that it was a fishing industry marker of some sort. It said “M-FL” - Miami, Florida? If anyone knows anything about this object, we’d love to hear it.
A jug, which looked like something that held antifreeze, etc.