Probably the coolest animal in the world..........

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Paulet Island (63 degrees, 35 S and 55 degrees 47W)
Circular Island 1 mile diameter and 3 miles SE of Dundee island off NE Antarctic Peninsula. Discovered by British Expedition by Ross 1839-43 named by him after Rt Hon Lord George Paulet.

On this island there are thousands more penguins nesting. We also see hundreds of cormorants on the hillside and a fascinating historic hut. Further up a small hill in the snow there is a frozen lake. From there we can see a steep path that some other travellers have made from another ship. I am quite angry about this as dont think they are sposed to go off the landings recognised by IAATO (the body who controls Antarctic travel) and they have certainly left their mark on this wilderness landscape.

Anyway, on the beach we can see Weddell seals (apparently can dive to 2,000 feet!) sunbathe with about 6 lazily basking and then 1 trying to make their way to the water. They move so differently in the water to their clumsiness on land, just like penguins. As the seal goes in a small group of penguins pop out of the water next to my feet and frighten me into a fit of giggles. I know its a corny thing to say but they are just so cute. Especially when they propel themselves out of the water and jump onto the ice they just look like champagne corks all over the place. We could watch them for hours, and indeed we did.

Speaking of champagne, we brought over a bottle that we had brought on land (have now learnt this is prob not allowed) to chill in the Antarctic ice like you do. Yes we are so decadent.
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