During lunch, we sailed to Paulet Island. It has over 100,000 nesting pairs of Adelie penguins. So with 2 parents and a chick, that’s over 300,000 penguins! Some of you could have done the math on your own, I know.
This photograph shows several things—one is the colony of Adelie penguins at the shore. But if you look up onto the hills, you will see large pink areas. Those are also filled with penguins! The pink is from the krill they eat. Finally, the structure on the left is Larsen’s hut, from the Nordenskjöld Expedition of 1901-1904. As amazing a tale as Shackleton’s.
I chose to go on an optional difficult hike which took us up a very steep scree slope covered in guano, of course. The grayish path up the shore on the right is where we started our climb.
The way down on the other side was even worse. I made it though, and was rewarded with some beautiful scenes. Here we are at the top (notice the ship way down there and the baby penguins on the right on top with us).
The amazing thing is that the penguins choose to come up here to nest, as well. These guys are way, way up there.
Back at the water on the opposite side of the island, we saw a few fur seals like this one,
And a few Weddell seals, as well.
Finally, I’ll just throw in two gratuitous penguins on icebergs shots I took because I liked them.
Another great day.