Friday 18 December 2009

Jougla Point, Port Lockroy, Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island

That is correct – we managed to squeeze in a lot of good things this day! We started in Jougla Point, where we were able to see the many whale bones scattered around this islet. We were also happy to see the first gentoo penguin chicks of the season, peeking from underneath their parents, still sporting the eggtooth with which they broke the shell.

Port Lockroy was interesting, because it brought an historical perspective to our journey – we learnt what it was like to live and work in the Antarctic in the 1940s through the 1960s. Oh, and we had a chance to send postcards and buy stuff!!

Thirty lucky passengers had the opportunity to cruise in our Polar Cirkle boats on the southward leg of the Lemaire channel – this is a very nice way to see the imposing walls of this scenic spot, which we have been offering as an extra to our passengers.

We closed the day with a beautiful landing at Petermann Island, the southernmost point of our journey. There we saw Adélie penguins, which also had some chicks – and giant petrels trying to include the former in their supper menu!