We left the Falkland Islands on 1 March and arrived in South Georgia on 4 March. For a great overview of South Georgia history plus some fabulous pictures, check The Encyclopedia of Earth website.
The Wandering Albatross is the largest flying bird with a wingspan of up to 12 feet. (Scale is hard to judge at sea.)
Shag Rocks are rocky prominences rising from the depths of the South Atlantic.These six small islands, inhabited only by sea birds, are located on the South Georgia ridge south of the Antarctic Convergence and 150 miles west of the main island.
This picture shows why we didn't have great star-gazing conditions.
The still picture is deceiving -- the ship was bucking here! One of our fellow travelers sent us a video he made of these rocks. He was having trouble keeping his feet while holding the camera!
Our landing site was on the far side of this point. It was not a dry landing!
One of our tasks during the days at sea was scrubbing down our clothes for South Georgia landings. We had to remove any seeds caught in cuffs or seams -- especially Velcro fasteners.Prior to all our "wet" landings we prepped in the stern of the ship where our boots were stored in lockers. We then waded through disinfectant solutions before climbing into Zodiacs. Repeating this procedure on our way back ensured we carried no germs from one site to another.
The various animals tolerated each other well and (usually) us. The seals could be aggressive -- perhaps they haven't forgiven humans for hunting them to near-extinction. I wish we humans could get along as well with each other.
The boardwalk protects the environment, but we weren't the only ones that found it a useful thoroughfare.Ken Wright (in blue) was one of the expedition staff. He is a naturalist from Lillooet, Canada.
King Penguins in the water look somewhat like large ducks with most of their bodies under water. Their "flight" is completely under water where their flippers function as wings.
Some other penguin species porpoise when they are swimming near the surface. Makes it difficult to get a picture of them, but they are fun to watch.
I was glad to see that the staff of the ship got to make shore visits. Most of them were from the Philippines and were saving money for their families back home, but they told us that they relished the opportunity to see the world. They had a rotating schedule of when they could come ashore.
These two birds are courting. They are very graceful and tender together.
These friendly young penguins are shedding their brown fuzz. It looks like they are waiting for Susan Fienberg to feed them! We were admonished never to walk up to the birds, but it was OK to allow them to approach us. A little guy like one of these came right up to me. Cute, but those beaks were long and wicked looking.
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