Last updated: Tuesday 14th November 2017
With the relief of the base at King Edward Point now complete the James Clark Ross is on passage to the Falkland Islands. Just before dinner we were passing off Bird Island and I had a brief chat with them on the VHF radio (transpires that they had a nice Mexican meal for their dinner). The wind has picked up as we have headed east and I have a bad feeling that once we are clear of the Willis Islands and protection from the land we will start to rock and roll. This is not unusual on the passage west as we are heading into what seems to be never ending depressions that circle Antarctica.
I managed to get ashore this morning for a quick walk around the base and down to the museum. The first thing to greet me on stepping ashore was a noisy female elephant seal. There are a lot of these ashore just now, nearly all of them fast asleep.
More female elephant seals littering the shoreline, with one fur seal (bottom right of the picture). I spotted one seal hiding beneath a trailer and one right behind a quad bike.
A king penguin at King Edward Point. This is not a normal posture as I caught it in the process of laying down on the grass.
The museum at Grytviken is located in what used to be the Station Managers House at the whaling station. Over a number of years several of the original buildings, mainly accommodation, have been restored and put to good use. Since my last visit here a small building behind the museum has been turned into a Post Office.
A heavily scarred male elephant seal having a sleep at King Edward Point. Whilst these animals, both male and female, enjoy a good sleep they manage to be very noisy in the process with lots of burping and other noises being made all the time. Should one or more of these decide to sleep below the window of a bedroom at the base, the occupant of that room may well struggle to get a good sleep themselves.
South Georgia was a major player in the whaling industry and throughout the numerous bases around the island many relics can be found, in cluding harpoon heads. The ones shown here are part of the museum display.
The South Georgia pintail and an elephant seal. The pintail is a carnivorous bird and their numbers have increased recently following the eradication of rats from the island.
The James Clark Ross departing South Georgia this afternoon.
Previous updates from the current trip.
Previous updates from my last trip, to the Arctic in the summer of 2017
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