Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year's Day on Astrolabe Island

1/1/11   Saturday

Wild New Year's party which lasted way too long and made the morning Zodiac cruise with a lot fewer passengers than normal. Most said it was uneventful. However the 2nd landing to Astrolabe Island was incredible. Beautiful icebergs, every type of penguin including the Marconi penguins which Jordy said was a rare treat since they are normally breeding in the Falklands. We also saw a leopard seal and fur seal, another rarity. Then we spotted a Hamburg whale feeding and followed and watch it for about an hour in the Zodiacs. No lamb for 56 years and had it for dinner, the 2nd time in a week including Christmas Eve.

1 Marconic Penguin amongst all the Chinstrap Penguins. According to Jordy, really unusual because most Marconis are on the Georgia Islands breeding at this time of year.

Leopard Seal

Fur Seal

Frozen Waterfall

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