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Published: February 28th 2012
Rise and shine!
view at 7am from my balcony
Slept great last night, just not long enough. After breakfast we arrived at Devil's Island which is next to the much larger Vega Island in the Weddell Sea. There were so many cool icebergs and the island was cool too; so called because two hills, one at each end, look like 'devil horns'. We were the last group to go out, having been the first yesterday and our time was cut short due to ice floe around the boat. It was a fantastic visit though. A steep climb from the shore, the island was covered in penguins, as far as the eye could see! The Adelie penguin was fun to watch, collecting small rocks and depositing them a few feet away and repeating over and over, building a nest for itself. Then, when it was done, it seemed to survey its handiwork, disapprove, and move it back to where it originally was! Then when they lost interest in their own stones, they went and stole their neighbours', resulting in some serious squabbling! It was great to sit and just watch, rather than running around trying to take as many photos as I could (like I did yesterday - but what do
This guy just floated on by
you expect??). And the chicks have the best hairstyles while they moult!
Back on board rather hastily so the ship could move out of the ice's way and I sat on my balcony and just stared, mesmerised by the scenery. We were heading towards Brown's Bluff and en route saw three humpbacks, 'porpoising' penguins (penguins swimming and jumping out of the water - awesome), fur seals and belatedly realised I have a leopard seal in photos when I reviewed them! It was distant, but still! We also saw the most amazing blue iceberg that without your own eyes, I'm not sure you'd believe it wasn't Photoshopped! There's a lot of talk about why but this guy
explains it well (I recommend scrolling/scanning but knows he what he's talking about and his photos are beautiful). Anyway, arrived at Brown's Bluff but unfortunately couldn't stick around due to the amount of ice activity in the area (we ended up having to slowly reverse out of the way of icebergs) which was a pity as I would've been able to officially cross off the seventh and final continent! But tomorrow afternoon we're going to try elsewhere so fingers crossed (I'd be kinda
bummed to not have the chance to stand on the actual continent of Antarctica, I must say).
So now, I'm lying in bed and it's much rockier, having left the Antarctic Sound as we head towards Neko Harbour with an approximate arrival time of 08:00 (it's currently just after 23:00).
Oh yeah! We're the only group this season to have had the chance to visit Devil's Island, yay! Some of the expedition staff have done these trips for 7 years (Berenice) and it's their first time!
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