Shackleton’s Landing Site and Chinstrap Penguins

Oct 31

Today we awoke on the SW end of South Georgia Island, in Cooper Bay. Gorgeous scenary, mountains looking like the alps, glaciers, and animals. It was in the mid-30’s when we went ashore to see chinstrap penguins, elephant seals, fur seals, and a few macaroni penguins, as well as a variety of sea birds.

The big brown things on the beach that look like smooth rocks are really elephant seals — there will be lots more of them in tomorrow’s blog. Todays photos focus on the chinstraps, since this is the only place we will see them.

After our nature walk, we returned to the ship and travelled down Drygalski Fjord. As beautiful as any fjord in Norway or Canada, we sailed down to its end at a glacier. We took a zodiac ride to see some Weddel Seals and more glaciers in a narrow branch of the fjord named Larsen Harbour.

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