Saturday, 27 November 2010
Three groups of about 30 people were organized to land in Whaler's Bay and hike over to the colony, the first group left at 0800 and made it to the colony by 0915. The second group started at 0845 and made it to the summit but were forced to stop and turn back by hurricane force winds and a blizzard. This made trekking impossible with zero visibility and wind strong enough to blow you off your feet.
Krill are small (3cm) shrimp-like animals which are super-abundant in Antarctic waters and represent the cornerstone of marine ecosystems in these parts. Almost everything eats krill!
An extremely young Weddell Seal -that still had the characteristic baby fur or lanugo- stayed on the beach during all our landing so that everybody could see him. The seal mother was not far away.