Monthly Archives: March 2012

This flock of Cape Petrels were enjoying a beautiful sunny evening (off shore from Brown Bluff) just before we witnessed the calving of a glacier from the zodiac and the katabatic winds developed.

January 20, 2012

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 Two of our naturalists disembarked to see if the ice was safe for us to walk on.  The ice was thick enough however the naturalists sunk mid-calf in slush therefore concluding it would be difficult for us to walk on it.

(Late Afternoon, January 22, 2012)

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Adelie penguin back from foraging for food.

Adelie penguins often forage far from the colony and have been known to travel up to 62 miles to feed during the incubation phase.  Once the chicks hatch these missions are shortened, with many finding food within 7.4 miles so they can get back to feed their hungry chicks.

Their diet consists of krill, fish and squid and they can dive to a depth of 560 feet and stay underwater up to six minutes.

Paulet Island, January 20, 2012.

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Crabeater seal the evening of January 22, 2012.

Crabeater seals are probably the most common seal in the world, however few people see them because they inhabit the pack ice zone around Antarctica.  Crabeater seals don’t eat crabs, they eat krill.

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Hoo Hum …..

Gentoo penguin chick on Brown Bluff.

(January 20, 2012 late afternoon)

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Cruising Bransfield Strait the afternoon of January 20, 2012.

(The two little ‘dots’ on the iceberg are penguins.)

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A happy and boisterous Chinstrap penguin chick.

(January 19,2012)

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While observing Gentoo penguins on Pleneau Island the morning of January 23, 2012, many of us saw several skuas flying overhead of the Gentoo colony.  Skuas are active predators of eggs and chicks.  The adult penguins have nothing to fear from skuas and will sometimes attack a them, especially when they come close to a chick.

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Hard to believe this picture was taken at 10:52 p.m. as we cruised through the Gerlache Strait.

(January 23, 2012)

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Adelie adult and chick penguins strolling along Paulet Island.

(January 20, 2012)

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