Friday. We got up early to see our passage through Neptune’s Billows (a narrow channel) to Whaler’s Bay on Deception Island, an active volcano. The bay is the caldera, now filled by the ocean. The anchor was dropped but we had to wait a while for the winds to diminish before operations to the shore began. Our group, the last, boarded one of the zodiacs at 1:30 p.m. On the beach where we walked, warm springs fed a tiny brook. Nearby are ruins of a Chilean research station which was evacuated in 1967 due to a volcanic eruption. A lone fur seal was a couple of hundred feet away and a few birds were about. We were on deck as we exited the caldera and sailing through the narrow channel was very dramatic.