Dec 10 17

For the last few days we’ve been trying to find a route through the sea ice toward our destination. As we’ve got further south (now at 71° south) we’ve been ploughing through quite thick ice, but there comes a point, even for this ship where it gets stuck and beats a retreat As you can see from the navigation monitor our progress has been somewhat haphazard, going around giant icebergs and finding the route blocked by hard packed sea ice. We have just spent a day, only to end up back where we were.

Our wayward route!

Wind blown snow from a giant tabular iceberg

The temperature has now dropped, (-3°C) but the visibility has been poor with mist and windblown snow coming off the ice. The 50mph wind has made it bitter to stay for any period out on deck. But with the blog in mind I’ve been out there on the bow of the ship looking for wildlife…..

There are a number of different seals to see, and mostly Emperor Penguins, who aren’t really bothered by the ship, and I’m sure I saw some today that I saw yesterday………hmmmmmmmm. Occasionally though we see a lone penguin in the foulest conditions miles from anywhere…..

Antarctic Petrel

Crab Eater Seal and Southern Giant Petrel

Elephant Seal

A lonely Emperor Penguin

I wouldn’t want to be a penguin……….

Series - Antarctic Painting

  1. Polar Painting
  2. Journey South
  3. The Journey Continues; Iceberg Ahoy!
  4. Ice Ice Baby
  5. The Weddell Sea
  6. Nearly there!!
  7. Halley 6 : On The Ice
  8. All Work and No Play
  9. Different Shades of Grey
  10. Racing Penguin
  11. The Move Begins
  12. Moving Postcard from Antarctica
  13. Winter approaches
  14. The Halley Marathon
  15. The Final Week
  16. The Journey North
  17. Antarctic Painting – Year 3
  18. Antarctic Demolition
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