Our first full day in the Weddell Sea can be best described by sunshine, fast ice, and emperor penguins! We were surrounded by fast ice, indeed wedged into it, and the emperor penguins were our constant companions until darkness finally fell. From just after 06:00AM the emperor penguins were the stars of the show! We watched them from the ship, we watched them from the Zodiacs, we walked among them on the fast ice, and indeed the sun set on them a little after 10:30PM. An amazing day, to be remembered for many years to come.
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Our voyage began in tumultuous seas, but by morning, the famed Drake Passage had calmed, settling into seas that rolled rather than rocking our hull. It is difficult to think of a more appropriate start than this. As we sail towards a land that at first glance seems harsh and unforgiving, but may reward adventurers with fortitude. Here now among the albatross and petrels, we find ourselves beyond the scope of civilization. What better place to be?