Cruise day 5


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August 7th 2012
Published: August 10th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

Day 5. Cruising to Palanderbukta and walking on the side of a glacier. No chance of walking on the front lest it collapse. That afternoon we went to the Alkerfjellet bird cliffs. Massive basalt columns with literally tens of thousands of nesting little auk pairs, with their new summer babies. Perhaps 180,000 birds all together.

The go here is that mum and dad push the babies off the cliff and they flop into the water as they can't yet fly. Dad then dives in, finds the kid (and there are thousands and they all look the same). They then spend the next month IN THE WATER, and start their migration south by paddling!

I did manage this experience without being crapped on, but the smell is still in the parka!


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11th August 2012

We haven't forgotten you
Still here. Love the stories and pictures. Can't believe the best moment of your life happened on a frozen 2 foot thick piece of ice. I want more bears. Closer, bigger and preferably chewing on someone's leg. The word is that Liv is fine. Enjoy. Stephen
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