During the night we said north along the South Shetland Island passing Deception Island. Because of the storm in the Drake, Robin decided we would have a better chance of landing by going farther north. We arrived at Admiralty inlet just off the Polish base just after 7 and were soon off on the zodiacs at 8. This is an Adelie penguin rookery, but in fact all three penguins varieties nest here.
|Adelie penguins (with chicks), looking as cold as we were feeling!|
We had about 30 knot winds, so everyone was bundled up compared with yesterday. Even the Penguins seemed cold!
|The beach was littered with whale bones. These are from Blue whales, butchered here about 100 years ago.|
|This is Sean - with part of a Blue Whale scull.|
|The point is a series of plagioclase rich mafic flows.|
|Shrine at the front of the small shelter visible in the photograph below.|
|View of the landing site from the Penguin colony. The Polish base is out of the view to the left.|
During the visit, a humpback and calf were spotted close to the ship. Many people saw them from the ship and a few from the zodiacs. We headed over to have a look with whale specialist Sean, but unfortunately they had disappeared by the time we got there.
|Wet, fast ride searching for whales!|