Port Lockroy & Dallmann Bay

Jan 14, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


We awoke to another spectacular sight—morning sunlight reflecting off the stunning snow-covered mountains overlooking Port Lockroy, a former whaling station reborn as “Base A” by the British in 1944. Its role then was to monitor German shipping movements during the war. Its role now is far more benign, operating as a museum and the most southerly post office in the world. Surrounding it are breeding colonies of mostly Gentoo penguins and shags, going about their lives as our guests watched with endless fascination.

The afternoon heralded our inevitable departure from the Antarctic Peninsula, but not before we were treated to the astounding sight of two humpback whales surrounded by a large pack of type B orcas (Gerlach Strait killer whales). Although the humpbacks were not particularly happy at the presence of the orcas, the smaller whales posed little threat, and it was likely they were simply taking advantage of scavenging opportunities created by the large, feeding humpbacks.

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Adam Britton

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Adam is a British-born zoologist who has lived and worked in northern Australia since 1997. Before arriving in Darwin, Adam gained a Ph.D. on the flight performance and echolocation of insectivorous bats, but his passion has always been large predators and the relationship that different cultures have toward them.

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