Our last land stops were Whaler’s Bay, former home to a British whaling operation, and the rarely visited Baily Head, home to 40,000 chinstrap penguins.
Check out the teeth on this carnivorous leopard seal. They do attack people by the way…
DO NO EAT OR BUY KRILL PRODUCTS.
Thanks to one of our kayakers (Sarah, I believe) for this amazing up-close footage of humpback whales…
The weather conditions have to be perfect to go on land at Baily Head. As such, most of our expedition team hadn’t even been there before. So everyone was excited. The guys at Penguin Watch had been working all morning at that location and let the expedition leader know that conditions were good for everyone to visit. So we changed our plans from whatever other place we were supposed to hit that afternoon and headed for Baily Head instead.
The island is now home to 40,000 to 50,000 chinstrap penguins. But 20 years ago, the population was around 80,000 which is not good (see my note about krill farming above).
Also, I was surprised to see so much green in Antarctica! The planet is indeed warming up but I’m not gonna debate global warming here. I know people who have actual beef with the concept of global warming. It’s a curious thing. Anyway, enjoy…
Goodbye to our last land stop. Back to the ship to head home.