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13th of June

13th of June
Another great day in the pacific ocean. Again there are so many turtles around. The Sea is calm and the sky without a single cloud. The divers going down and up and we clean and pack shells. Over 2500 today. Hopefully in every one of this shells is a Pearl growing someday. The Pearl Technician puts a little sweet water pearl from Mississippi in the shell and after 2 Years of constant turning and nursing a Pearl is grown. I hope i get to see this progress of harvesting as well. When I’m lucky, I gonna start on one of the harvest boats, the Marilyn on the 9th of July.

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12th of June

12th of June
a quiet night and a calm day. The sea looks like a mirror. We can see the 80 mile Beach like a white ribbon on the horizon and again some turtles passing our way. Paradise! Work here is always fun. The Divers are are always happy, like the skipper Bridgie. Its a nice atmosphere on Board. Brighie is a big AC/DC fan and a huge tattoo of the Band covers his Back. The Front man Bryan Johnson wrote him a autograph on his back an he got it tattooed there.

11th of June

11th of June
like the night this day was pretty rough. The cook, Jaimie, got seasick and it was hard to work under these “rocking” conditions. My skin looks pretty much like I’m working on a Pearling Boat…bruises, rashes, scratches and cuts everywhere and my best friends are Bepanthen an hansaplast. I’m definitely going to be better prepared when i go on the next trip. More cream, more work clothes, more toothpaste and Plaster. But, I already got my sea legs:)

10th of June

10th of June
A good day for turtle spotting! At least 10 huge turtles were swimming past the Boat today. When I’m talking about huge I mean these massive 1-1.5 m long sea turtles. I also saw a sea snake and some dolphins. The stuff that comes up with the shells is interesting as well. Different sponges, purple, red, yellow, brown and clear jelly-stuff, heaps of starfish and some crabs from tiny to big. From time to time a diver finds a nice shell, a sea-dollar, a big crayfish or a flathead. today was an Octopus with the shells. A fairly big one. The guys had fun with it and i have some nice hickey’s on my arm now. The Night was quite rough. All the cutlery, plates and food was banging from side to side in the cupboards and I almost rolled out of my bed.

9th of June

9th of June
We’re getting up at five. after a coffee the divers are squeezing themselves into their wet suits. with loads of baby powder and cream. Looks very funny…white faces everywhere. They’re going down for their first dive/ drift. Interesting procedure. They hang onto ropes and  weights keeping the ropes close to the ground. There are honk signals to tell us “weights up, weights down, faster, slower” and heaps of other things. After 45 min three honks indicate “divers up”. We wheel up their bags with the shells. The Skipper counts them and the deckie Chris and I  clean them. Then we put them into panels with 8 shells. Then they get tagged, washed and stacked on board. A cover and constant spraying with seawater keeps them cold and wet. The Divers go back down and we clean the deck. The divers are doing 8-9 dives every day. Always 45-50 min diving and 20 min surface time. At night everything gets cleaned and I’m really looking forward to a shower! The evenings are short, a beer, shower, dinner a chat and we are going to bed. Its a long day if you start at 5!

8th of June

8th of June
goin’ on the boat-day! I got picked up at the Paspaley Shed and we went to the Port. A lot of People already loading, waiting and chatting on the Jetty. A Dingy comes to pick us up at the Jetty and takes us out to the Odin II, my home for the next 12 days. The boat is great. Today we are just steaming out to sea. I have to get used to the constant rocking! First Night on the Ocean. A beautiful tropical sunset. At Night a big group of dolphins gathers around the Boat to hunt in the light of the Odin II. Amazing creatures!

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7th of June
Broome is great! I recovered fast from this long trip and already got a Job here. I’m trying to get one on the pearling boats but its obviously not that easy. A gazillion of Backpackers are in Town and all of them trying the same. So I start cleaning tour buses. Its not a bad Job for 20 $ an hour. I keep on walking into the Paspaley office every day to ask if they got something. Meanwhile they already know my name when I’m dropping in. On the first day of my cleaning job they call me and I get a job… Yehhhha. So I spent the next days with preparation and this funny fitnesstest. They want to know if I’m reasonably fit to work on a boat. Lifting weights, stepping on a box for 4 min, carrying weights around, hearing test and so on…I passed. Odin I’m coming!