Morning brought higher clouds and no precipitation, though yesterday had not dampened
our appreciation for the beauty of the landscape. As breakfast was being served,
we slowly cruised into a channel called Lion Sound. We were immediately
surrounded by the tall snow and ice-shrouded mountains of Anvers Island and
Lion Island. Zodiacs were deployed for an extremely scenic cruise through the
sound and along the nearly vertical shores. The sea conditions were mirror-like.
Minke whales and leopard seals were spotted by various groups on their routes.
With the outboards turned off, the massive silence was punctuated by cracks,
booms, and crashes as sections of glaciers fell off the cliffs.
lunch satisfied our hunger, the ship crossed Gerlache Strait and into yet
another passage with a scenic landscape—Errera Channel. Anchoring next to the
island of Cuverville, the Zodiacs were again released from their position on
the deck of the ship and drivers fired them up, ready to transport us to the
the island we enjoyed the constant activity of the largest colony of nesting gentoo
penguins. Many were still transporting food from the surrounding waters to
their awaiting chicks. Standing stoically inland were many penguins beginning
the process of molting, which replaces all of their feather coating.
was an unending variety of icebergs to view and photograph out on Zodiacs.
Everyone was able to enjoy and experience both the island's activity and the
sculptured gallery of icebergs in the bay. A very full and memorable day along
the Antarctic Peninsula.