Ships Bridge – Drakes Passage

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We spent Sept. 13th and 14th at sea traveling the Drakes Passage from Antarctica to the Falkland Islands. During that time we were given a tour of the ships bridge and there were also several talks given.  Again there were the ever present birds that fly about the ship when you are in the Drakes Passage.

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Wilhelmina Bay – Antarctica

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Jan. 12th we went for a ride in Wilhelmina Bay using the tender boats.  From what I understand it is a good location to see whales.  We didn’t see any whales but the scenery was great.  We did not land at this location and this was our last stop in Antarctica before heading to the Falklands.

 

Port Lockroy and the Neumayer Channel – Antarctica

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Jan. 11th.  In the late afternoon and into the evening we first anchored at Port Lockroy and the researchers came out to the ship and gave a talk then we traveled the Neumayer Channel.  It was the one time in Antarctica when we had blue sky and could really enjoy the beauty of the land.

Damoy Point – Antarctica

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Jan. 11th  AM  We visited Damoy Point in the morning, the northern entrance point to the harbour of Port Lockroy, were we anchored in the afternoon before traveling the Neumayer Channel.  After our landing to view the penguins we dipped into the freezing water for as short a time as possible. There were people that actually swam a few strokes, but not us.

 

 

 

Neko Harbour Tender Ride

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Jan. 10th  After our landing and hike at Neko Harbour in the morning we returned later for an hour ride around the area in the tender boat.  Lucked out that whales were feeding near by.  At one point a whale surfaced not more than 20 yards away from our boat.  You think they are big until you get close like that,  then you really know just how big they are.

Landing at Neko Harbour – Antarctica

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January 10th our ship stopped at Neko Harbour.  This was really a great day.  No rain and no wind.  We had a circular path to walk with a group of penguins at the top who had young chicks.   There was plenty of room for viewing so we stayed for quite a while.  While we watched one pair of penguins traded places.  One coming from the water to take over and begin feeding the chicks.  Our exhibition leader supervising the area said that it was very special to see an exchange like this and in all the time he had been in Antartica this was the first live one that he had witnessed.   Then not more than 5 to ten minutes later another pair did the same thing.  Super Extra Special – thus there are a large number of penguin photos.   We also saw some of the best Penguin Highways during during this stop.  See if you can pick them out.

Whales

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Jan. 9th – You have seen the bumper stickers on cars that say I stop for ———.  Well our ship stopped for whales.   After visiting Danco Island we were traveling to our next stop when it was announced that whales were spotted.  They shut down the engines and everyone participated in whale watching for about 45 min or so.

 

Danco Island – Antarctica

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Jan. 9th 2018 – We had two outings today.   The first was to Danco Island where we landed and did a lot of climbing – but return via a short cut – sliding straight down the hill in the snow.  It was windy and raining but the temp. was not bad.  We were scheduled to stop at another location but it was too windy, waves were toO big and not safe to land.  Our second outing was a cruise of the bay in the tender boat.  Again it was raining but we saw lots of big icebergs.

 

 

Half Moon Island Antarctica

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Jan. 7th our ship made a stop ant HALF MOON ISLAND.  Google added Street View imagery of Half Moon Island to its Google Earth and Google Maps services if you are interested in more images than posted below. 

Birds during Drake Passage

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Jan. 7th our ship crossed from the end of South America (Cape Horn) to Antarctica – using the DRAKE PASSAGE.  We were at sea in open water and there were birds following the back of the ship.