We cruised slowly through the night and were off our landing site of Yankee Harbour by 6 AM. It is a lovely bay ringed by glaciers with a dramatic cliff exposing the eroded roots of a large shield volcano above a prominent moraine where the penguins nest. I gave a presentation on glaciers on glaciers, ice bergs and sea ice this morning, so only spent the afternoon out in the site. There were chicks only a few days to hours old! There were really very cute.
|Note two sets of baby chicks - likely only a day or two old.|
The Gentoos were nesting on a long moraine that had a few seals hauled out on it.
|Juvenile crab-eater seal.|
|Molting juvenile elephant seals.|
|Landing area on the large moraine shows cliff, but by dykes.|