Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Never too late
The morning landing was sunny, warm, and calm- real shirt-sleeve weather. The penguins were only very early in their breeding cycle because of the snow. No eggs or constructed nests were seen. On the way back to the ship we cruised around the amazing and sometimes colourful icebergs that were in the bay.
On the way to the beach we were lucky to see some Crabeater Seals on ice floes. The landing went well with people enjoying the Gentoos, Snowy Sheathbills, and other wildlife, and hiking up the hill behind the beach, only to slide down the same way. Although this was a Gentoo colony, a lone Adélie Penguin came on shore for a preen. The result of the pack ice was that our landing lasted about 7 hours! The last four boats returned to the ship at about 22:30, and followed the Fram into open water so that the remaining passengers and staff could board her. All went well and although, tired and a little cold, everyone felt that they had experienced a true Antarctic adventure.