Dec 06, 2017 - National Geographic Orion
A change in weather in our favor happened today as we awoke to a bright blue sky and a crisp breeze. This morning we spent our time exploring another congregation of King penguins mixed in with a plethora of excited fur seals. There was much excitement on the beaches of South Georgia for good reason -- it’s prime breeding season for the Antarctic fur seals. This bay has a great historical significance since it was the bay that Earnest Shackleton thought was Stromness Harbour as he and his men descended down from their hike across South Georgia. Unfortunately for them, they would have to continue on to get to their final destination to begin the rescue mission to retrieve those that were still stranded on Elephant Island. With that in mind, our afternoon would be spent replicating the final section of the hike that the famous polar explorer became so well known for. Over half of our guests on the ship would complete the journey, while the rest of us met them in Stromness Harbour, and got a closer look at the ruins the whaling station there.
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