Friday, 12 November 2010
Shackleton, whaling, beautiful weather, nasty weather
These are some keywords for our second day on South Georgia. Yesterday evening we sailed into Cumberland East Bay and anchored for the night very near Grytviken, the capital of South Georgia. The amazing, summer-like weather which we experienced yesterday continued today. Those of us who have been here before are struck by how little snow we have seen at sea level, and how dry it is underfoot. The winter must have been warm and dry.
On the shoreline from Shackleton's grave to King Edward Point we found many male Fur Seals and Elephant Seal harems. We saw a few King Penguins and then noticed a special one. This bird had large white patches of feathers where there should have been dark feathers, and blotchy pink and black feet. Biologists call this particular coloration leucism. Totally leucistic animals are called albinos.