This morning we were hoping for an early morning landing at Cape Tuxen before breakfast. This was our first attempt at a continental landing, but it was not to be. It was too stormy and the water too rough to land there. Alex came on the PA for our 6am wake-up call with the news that we couldn’t do that landing after all, so we could all go back to sleep.
Instead, we repositioned to a more protected area where we would be able to land safely. After breakfast, we did a split-landing—half time on land at Port Charcot, half time on a zodiac cruise. Allen, Jeff & I were in the land-first group.
This is probably my favorite photo from the entire trip. (If I had to choose just one.)
Taking photos from the ship as we wait for our zodiac group to be called
Getting some GoPro footage
This was a private French yacht with a team on board who were filming underwater wildlife. Snorkeling in Antarctica is serious bzness.
I did not know until this trip that penguins jump out of the water like this as they swim! We saw this many times, and every time it was just as fun to watch.
It was snowing lightly this morning.
Penguins like to enter the water in groups, in case there’s a predator waiting.
Penguin highway…white means coming, black means going.
And then it was time to hop in a zodiac for a cruise through some spectacular ice.
There’s a waterfall coming off this one…see it?
More of the awesome jumping penguins
And even more penguins.
Look at all the seals swimming together.
Then we came upon this seal chilling on a hunk of ice. We cruised right by him, very slowly.
He was mildly curious about us.
And then it was time to go back on the ship. Next up…humpback whales and the polar plunge!