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Antarctica: The Expedition, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage, Halfmoon Island, Rocas Hydrurga with Cuverville Island, Palmer Station with Lemaire Channel & Petermann Island, Brown Station with Neko Harbor, Brown Bluff with Esperanza Station, Whalers Bay with Yankee Harbor, Drake Passage
Antarctica Expedition - Day 4:
by Prakash Bang, Editor in Chief
Tuesday, January 12th
Lat. 64º 08' S, Long. 61º 37' O
Lat. 64º 41' S, Long. 62º 38' W
Morning Temp.: 2ºC
Winds: 19 knots NE
Evening Temp.: 0ºC
Winds: 5 knots NW
In the morning, we landed at Hydrurga Rocks, a tiny island in the Gerlache Strait full of Chinstrap penguins - most of them with their chicks. Also hovering above and stationed were Kelp gulls with their chicks, Skuas and several Weddell seals resting on the snow and rocks.
In the afternoon we landed at Cuverville Island, at the north mouth of Errera Channel passing between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Cuverville is a rocky island with considerable moss covering the high elevations although covered by snow this time of the year. After landing we went for a walk to both sides of the beach, taking care not to step on any of the many penguin highways. The island was full with Gentoo penguins. The penguin gates were amusing reminding me about cartoon animations.
Since the wind and the weather were permitting, we spent an hour cruising on Zodiacs. I am at a loss for words to describe the experience of being at touching distance of icebergs with intriguing shapes, sizes and hues of blue. Since all good things need to come to an end, we had to return to our ship.
At dinner time we celebrated birthday of a fellow passenger. After dinner we watched the movie "The March of the Penguins". I had seen this film umpteen times before. Today, it made a special impression.
There are 4 South Poles. Here goes:
Geographic South Pole
Magnetic South Pole
Geomagnetic South Pole
Pole of Inaccessibility
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