and the South Sandwich Islands
Brace yourselves, lots of #penguins incoming! This was our first stop on part 2 of our expedition cruise, Salisbury Plain. This breeding colony of King penguins is the second largest on South Georgia with an estimated population of around 80.000 (!)
FUR SEAL BATTLEFIELD
Don’t be fooled! They may look cute, but they were very agressive since they had babies to protect. I never imagined I would roar at a fur seal ever in my life. Unfortunately I have no footage.
A baby Elephant seal along the way. They are cute. Have horrible farts.
King penguins, adults and babies, and their sounds.
Doesn’t it look like I caught teenagers cuddling in the bushes? ♥️
A gene mutation which causes partial loss of pigmentation. Fortunately, leucistic animals don’t suffer from the condition. However, they might be more at risk for predators.
Leucistic fur seal
Sir Ernest Shackleton, a polar explorer, tried to reach Antarctica with his ship Endurance. It was 1915. He and his crew got trapped in pack ice, stranded on Elephant Island and moved to a better protection area on South Georgia. They survived. When he later died of a heart attack, his body was buried on South Georgia island. The incredibly moody conditions we experienced, matched with how he must have felt back then.
YOU WIN SOME YOU LOSE SOME
Later, struggling to hike a mountain at Godthul... and then discover this amazing view.
It cleared up
It cleared up
Part 2 of the expedition cruise has ended. Off to Antarctica! I can highly recommend www.oceanwide-expeditions.com if you ever decide to make the journey down south. I also want to submit this story to #epiXtrip From the very, very moody South Georgia island to the very, very tropical Tahiti island. The contrast couldn’t get any bigger.
BABY FUR SEAL SAYS BYE