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North of the Antarctic Peninsula, near King George Island, we made our first landing. Had I seen ANY wildlife, no matter the quantity, or species, I would have been happy. Penguin Island did not disappoint us. We saw two (or three) seal species, a Southern Giant Petrel with a chick, and a colony of Chinstrap penguins.
Sadly, the first sight upon landing was a number of whale vertebra. It was a reminder that we were entering territory that used to be replete with whales. During our cruise we would struggle to catch a glimpse of any whale species.
Penguin Island is the creation of a volcanic eruption. We hiked to the top of the crater and around its rim. A glance inside the volcanic crater revealed a caldera from a later eruption. The ground was covered with scoria and the plant life consisted of lichen and a few Antarctic flowers.
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