Feb 12th Hope Sound Antarctica

Feb 12th

What a spectacular day, Penguins, Birds and Icebergs, oh my, all day everywhere you looked.

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This penguin is getting ready to “porpoise” out of the water.

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The explorations speaker explained that only one tenth of an iceberg is above sea level so whenever you look at these pictures, consider that 90% more of each berg is below sea level.  Everything about Antarctica is amazing.

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These penguins are all “porpoising”.  What a sight to behold.

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We all named this Iceberg the Grand Piano!

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This is a great picture of an Antarctic Petrel bird.

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The pink on this ice is penguin poop.  It is pink because the penguins eat krill which is a type of fish.  Penguins do eat other things like squid and other types of fish.

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The above plane is part of the Argentine “Esperanza” research center and is flying over the ship to take pictures of us.

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The bird above and below is called a Cape Petrel.

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The above bird is called an Antarctic Petrol

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Gloria loves this picture.  These three penguins are on the ices looking at a penguin that is  “porpoising”.  Is that great or what?

 

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The group of small black dots are a whole bunch of penguins.

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Above are birds called Checkerboard Petrels because their wings are checkered.  These are just skimming the water.  They use the ship’s wake to propel themselves for lift.  They are pretty amazing birds.

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Sue and Brad ran out during lunch to capture the picture below, iceberg which came close to the ship.

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Took time out for lunch with Sue, Nina and Kal.  As usual everyone except for Brad are dressed in lots of layers because of the cold.

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The next few pictures are stitched panoramas Brad thought worthy of posting. But you must click them and see them bigger to get to full affect:

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The day ended with a cruise by Deception Island.  Even though it was sun down and shrouded in mist this volcano that had collapsed into itself millions of years ago, now looks like something straight out of Jurassic Park. We were pleased as we did not get to see Deception Island last trip because of heavy weather. For sure when you are here nothing is ever the same.

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2 Responses to Feb 12th Hope Sound Antarctica

  1. Corrine says:

    Brad, your pics today are spectacular (as always)! Like the captions too!

  2. Bill Gooden says:

    Brad,

    Thanks for the fantastic shots of Antarctica. Such a beautiful place, but always changing.

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