A Chinstrap Penguin on Attcho Island
Though the Chinstrap is smaller, he's meaner than the larger
This little guy was chasing Gentoos off his section of beach all day.
This Adele Penguin is equipped with All-Wheel drive...
Penguins, like these Gentoos, like to "porpoise" when they are swimming, flinging themselves out of the water.
Of course, it's fun to see them swimming underwater, too.
When we were there (first of December, 2004) it was early in
the breeding season, so we saw many
pairs of penguins building their nests or sitting on eggs. This little guy has carefully selected a good rock from
the beach and is carrying it up to his mate, sitting on the nest.
Of course, there are many other animals to see. We saw
many Elephant Seals on a beach at Attcho; we always saw
Weddell and Crabeater Seals and many types of sea birds - just no Polar Bears. There are no Polar Bears in Antarctica;
if you want to see Polar Bears, look at the Churchill, Manitoba section of this website.
This is an Arctic Tern; they migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic each year. Boy, are their arms tired...
These mountains and their little glacier are beautiful, but
they are but a drop in the bucket for the Antarctic Landscape.
There is spectacular scenery everywhere you look. It's the only place we've seen that makes Alaska look smaller.
At Nico Harbor, the crew of the ship set up a spot where we
could slide down the hill.
Though it looks like it, there really was no chance of sliding into the water. That's Kyle on his bum,
with the Expedition Leader Laurie supervising.
We had great weather the whole trip, but on one day in
particular it was spectacular. The sun was out, and it was
warm enough to enjoy a BBQ on the back deck of the ship. There were mountains and glaciers on both sides.
This was one restaurant with one heck of a view.
On the morning of that beautiful day, a pod of Orcas surfaced
just off the Starboard Bow. It was amazing.
Seeing this mother and her two calves in the Southern Ocean was much, much better than being at Seaworld.