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Tuesday, January 23: Paulet Island

The next morning I awoke to see numerous ice floes and bergs moving past the stateroom window. During the night we had negotiated the Antarctic Sound and entered the Weddell Sea to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Paulet Island The Hanseatic dropped anchor a short distance offshore of Paulet Island. It is a small cone-shaped island, the product of volcanic eruptions. The waters around the island were thick with icebergs and floes.

Snow collected on the deck of the Hanseatic off Paulet Island A light snow was falling. Snow was accumulating on the exposed surfaces of the ship.

The Zodiac driver steered around several icebergs on the way to our landing on Paulet Island. Most of them were grounded and did not move with the water currents. The icebergs had been eroded at the waterline, leaving wide overhangs on all sides of the bergs.

We landed on a shore of large, smooth cobbles and boulders.

Zodiac landing on Paulet Island Geoff Green briefed the occupants of each Zodiac about what there was to see and where to go on the island.

Once out of the Zodiac I was able to walk to the beach across a series of rounded stones sticking up out of the water.

Adelie Penguins on Paulet Island Paulet Island is the site of an Adelie Penguin rookery.

Hear the sound Hear the Adelie Penguin.

Adelie Penguin on Paulet Island Adelie Penguins are the ones that you see most commonly at ocean theme parks such as Sea World. They have the classic black on the back and white on the front penguin markings. Their heads are completely black, with no white markings.

Background information about the Adelie Penguin.

Adelie Penguins on Paulet Island Large chunks of ice were scattered across the stony beach, indicating that we had arrived at low tide.

Adelie Penguins on Paulet Island There was a steep wave cut above the beach. The rocks above the beach hadn't been eroded into smooth round cobbles.

David Fletcher had been assigned to help people clamber up the uneven slope. David was one of the biggest members of the ship's staff, and it seemed that he was always assigned to the most treacherous parts of the trail.

Adelie Penguins on an Ice Floe off Paulet Island Just after we landed, a large ice floe carrying many Adelie Penguins drifted slowly past the shore.

Adelie Penguin on Paulet Island The trail ascended a tricky slope of loose, irregular stones that were covered with a thick lubricating layer of guano to get to the rookery.

1903 Nordenskjold Expedition hut on Paulet Island The lower walls of an old stone hut are slowly falling to pieces on a flat area above the beach. It is the remains of an expedition hut that was constructed by the Otto Nordenskjold expedition in 1903 after their ship, the Antarctic, was crushed by sea ice. The hut was roofed with the Antarctic's boats, planks, and canvas. The Antarctic Sound is named after Nordenskjold's ship.

The Antarctic Philately web site has a biography about Otto Nordenskjold.

Adelie Penguin Chick on Paulet Island Adelie Penguin chicks are gray all over.

Adelie Penguin Chicks on Paulet Island There was a lot more room to move around on Paulet Island, both for us and for the penguins.

Adelie Penguins on Paulet Island The path led us past a flat snowy patch to the edge of a small crater with a fresh water lake in it.

Lake on Paulet Island Half of the lake was coated with ice.

Adelie Penguin Chicks on Paulet Island Big fluffy snowflakes began to fall on our group. The rocks quickly acquired a thick layer of snow on their upwind faces. So did the penguin chicks. One of the chicks was plucking snowflakes out of the air with little stabbing motions of its head.

Molting Adelie Penguin Chick on Paulet Island This homely chick was partway through molting.

Adelie Penguin Chicks chasing their parents The feeding ritual incorporated an additional twist that we hadn't observed at the other rookeries. Many of the Adelie Penguins brood two chicks at a time. Once a pair of chicks responded to an adult's call, the adult would start running away from the chicks.

Hear the sound Hear an Adelie Penguin chick chasing an adult. If you listen closely, you can hear the patter of the penguins' feet as they run past.

Adelie Penguin Chick getting a meal The chicks then had to chase the adult through the rookery, pleading plaintively the whole way, until it decided that they were indeed its own chicks.

Ice Floe off Paulet Island The Zodiac driver took us for a cruise around the nearby ice floes to photograph the penguins on them. A larger fraction of the penguins were resting on their bellies on the clean ice than had been on the guano-covered rocks onshore. They often propelled themselves along with their feet, tobogganing on their bellies.


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Flocks of penguins swam in the water around the Zodiac. They leaped out of the water like dolphins just a few feet from the bow of the boat. Sometimes several of the penguins would leap out of the water at the same time.

As we slowly drifted past a snow-covered blue iceberg, it calved several large chunks of ice from below the waterline. Without any warning, they bobbed to the surface alongside the Zodiac. The first and largest of them was just about as big as the Zodiac. It could have seriously disturbed the boat if it had come up directly underneath us.

Map of the Antarctic Peninsula Map of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Tuesday, January 23: Weddell Sea

Table of Contents Table of Contents



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Antarctic Landscapes

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Cape Wild and Cape Lookout on Elephant Island,
Paulet Island,
the Weddell Sea,
Neko Harbor in Andvord Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, and
Deception Island.

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Antarctic Seals

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Weddel
Crabeater
Southern Elephant.

Locations include:
Cape Lookout on Elephant Island
Deception island
Livingstone Island
Antarctic Sound.

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Birds of the South Atlantic and Antarctica

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A dozen photos of birds taken in the Falkland Islands South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Birds pictured include:
Southern Giant Petrel
Black Browed Albatross
Falklands Skua
Blue-Eyed Shag (King Cormorant)
Black Crowned Night Heron
Patagonia Duck
Pied Oystercatcher
Snowy Sheathbill
Cape Petrel
Kelp Gull.

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Penguins

2009 Calendar

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Gentoo
Adele
Chinstrap
Rockhopper
Macaroni
Magellanic
King.

Locations where the photographs were taken in the Falkland Islands include:
New Island
Carcass Island
Volunteer Point.

Antarctic locations include:
Paulet Island
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Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander

South : A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage by Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir Ernest Shackleton South : A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage by Ernest Henry Shackleton, Sir Ernest Shackleton

South With Endurance : Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 South With Endurance : Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917

The South Pole by Roald E. Amundsen The South Pole by Roald E. Amundsen

The Coldest March: Scott`s Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon The Coldest March: Scott`s Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon

The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration) by Roland Huntford The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration) by Roland Huntford

Videotapes about Antarctica and antarctic exploration for sale at

South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition - VHS South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (1919)

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Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica - VHS Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica (1999)

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DVD about Antarctica and antarctic exploration for sale at

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