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Port Lockroy and Paradise Harbour

Posted from Paradise Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula at 5:15 pm, January 20th, 2006

We made a late night landing last again at Peterman Island until 11:30 at night, and the sunset was absolutely amazing. While enroute a crabeater seal crossed the bow of the boat, surprising Rod who identified it by yelling out “Whale! Minke whale! Wait, leopard seal! Shit, what is that? Animal!” Classic Rod.

The good weather continued this morning at Port Lockroy, an old British station set amidst amazing mountains. Everyone is pretty tired on the trip, and while unloading zodiacs Marianne, looking a bit dazed, stepped out of the boat on the port side (the boat was anchored to starboard) and into neck deep water. It was a bit of amusement for the morning as the staff all rushed to pull her out and get her back to the boat and into dry clothes. The afternoon was spent in Paradise Harbour, where we went zodiac cruising under a massive glacier that absolutely refused to calve. After trying everything from yodeling to group yells of “Mambo sawa sawa!” we finally admitted defeat and went off to watch seals on the ice. This evening we’re having another of the famous trip barbecues, followed by a late-night landing at Neko Harbour.

Adelie Penguin on Peterman Island

Adelie penguin on Peterman Island.

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