Leaving Raoul Island with a dolphin escort on the bow.
The expedition team with the Chanter Islands in the background.
Small fragments of coral collected from around Raoul Island. These have each been individually labeled, data regarding their habitat recorded and they are all prepared for the trip back to the New Zealand mainland.
The Coral Koru. A new candidate for the New Zealand flag? Photo by Ross Funnell.
Kina is on the search with his drone while Elliot and Brady scan the horizon for humpback whales.

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Leaving Raoul Island with a dolphin escort on the bow.

Heading home

At 2pm on 8 November, the team on board the Braveheart hauled up the anchor and began the journey home. They left Raoul Island with a dolphin escort on the bow.

The expedition team with the Chanter Islands in the background.

Goodbye Raoul

Unfortunately, all great expeditions come to an end. Today is the start of the end for us. The day we leave Raoul Island and make for Tauranga. The day dawned with blue skies and strong winds from the southwest. With ► Read More…

Small fragments of coral collected from around Raoul Island. These have each been individually labeled, data regarding their habitat recorded and they are all prepared for the trip back to the New Zealand mainland.

Reflection and preparation

Today the wind and swell intensified – gusting up to 50 knots – and although a few persisted with diving activities today, most took advantage of today as a time to catch up on jobs and reflect. I suspect for ► Read More…

The Coral Koru. A new candidate for the New Zealand flag? Photo by Ross Funnell.

The weather turned

Early this morning the inhabitants of the Braveheart woke to the rocking and rolling of the ocean, and the ship was forced to move from Boat Cove on the south east coast of Raoul Island. A nearby weather system developed ► Read More…