Nov 15, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
The red glow of sunrise bathed Gold Harbour as our Zodiacs came into land. The beach heaved with life. Bull elephant seals were roaring around us, and the floor beneath our feet was littered with huge fat pups - affectionately known as “weaners”. As we made our way down the sands, the
The elephant seal weaners (so-called because they had already been weaned) showed a significant interest in our presence on the beach. Their curiosity was endearing, and by the time we returned to the bay for our second visit after breakfast, they had almost all rolled over and fallen asleep - almost making them more adorable.
As we left Gold Harbour, we were treated to a wonderful surprise - several humpback whales surfacing around the boat. The sighting ending in a fantastic display as one individual breached repeatedly, around 10 times.
We continued around the South Georgia coastline to Grytviken where landing ashore, we paid our respects at the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Eric made a heartfelt toast we all shared a
From there we headed round to the old whaling station at Grytviken, where we were met by
Upon returning to the ship, Sarah from the South Georgia Heritage Trust delivered a brilliant talk, telling us all about the groundbreaking rat irradiation programme which was carried out on the island - to great success.
After a long day dinner was served, and we began our journey south from South Georgia.
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