RRS Sir David Attenborough Regular Update 16th January 2022

Since arriving at the Antarctic Peninsula there has hardly been a dull moment.  I was slightly disappointed with the lack of birds on the Drakes Passage crossing as I had hoped to see much more.  Whilst the birdlife has not increased in the past two days,  the general views and the whale sightings have more than made up for that.  Initially the SDA stopped in the Neumayer Channel to carry out some boat work,  we then moved further south to stop off of Port Lockroy,  formerly Base A.  This is a popular stop for cruise ships and normally has a small team from the British Antarctic Heritage Trust,  but not just now.  This was where we had more boats in the water for training.  This evening the ship continues to the south.

Humpback whales

 Humpback whales

Humpback whales

There has been no shortage of whale sightings today.  As I was on the port side taking photos of this pair,  another was going down the starboard side of the ship.

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