Monday, 15 November 2010
A crazy day!
As we made our way over the cobbles, we noticed a few Gentoo Penguins, and at the end of our walk we saw a lonely pair of Chinstraps. Ironically, Adélie Penguins were in short supply on the beach, which is unusual. The colony at Arctowski has been declining over the past few decades and now sits at only 4000 pairs. Later in the morning a few Adélies made their way down to the beach and put on a small show for some of us. The Arctowski area is a lush, Antarctic oasis as exemplified by the green meadows of moss and Antarctic Hair Grass, and the amazing growth of lichen on the rocks.
The big news of the morning was the winds, which picked up to storm force, and left us no choice but to cancel the landing and return to the ship. Unfortunately, not all passengers made it on-shore but this is Antarctica, and the unexpected becomes the expected.