Anne & Tom's Argentina & Antarctica Adventure travel blog

Our ship in Yankee Harbor. A sudden snowstorn erupted as we reached...

A desolate beach

Elephant Seals lined the shore

Tom shooting in the snow.

 

A male Elephant Seal

Albatros

An old tower

Birds

There were penguins too

These were the best views of seals on the trip

 

Cute

 

 

 

 

Yawning

 

 

I am so cute

I'm cuter

 

Fierce

Watch the movie of this one stretching

Yea Antarctica!

Back to the ship in a blizzard.

Barrientos Island was our last stop.

Anne enjoyed sitting and taking it all in.

Really close to a chinstrap penguin

Gentoo penguin

It was a long hike in deep snow to the lake on...

 

Nesting Gentoo penguins

Elephant seals

Lichens and moss

 

Penguin egg attacked by a ski (bird) predator

 

Tom's garb for the excursion

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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The Reluctant Penguin

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An Elephant Seal does a stretch


Antarctica - Sunday - Yankee Harbor & Barrientos Island Nov 27, 2011

Today was our last day in Antarctica before we headed north in the Drake Passage. The weather has turned more like we had expected with 32F and snow. Tom set up his camera with a long telephoto lens and dressed in 5 layers. Upon landing from the zodiac we were greeted with, "The weather has gone from bad to worse, so we'll only stay an hour. Keep you life vest on and if you hear the ship's whistle, head back to the zodiac landing."

Despite all the worry, the best views of elephant seals was to be found here. Be sure to watch the video of the seal arching his back and putting his flipper into the air.

Our last landing was at Barrientos Island where both Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins breed. Tom got about half way on the long walk to the lake at the far end of the island while Anne found a flat rock, sat down, and contemplated the surroundings, enjoying the feel of snowflakes on her face, and having penguins walk right by.

There were more elephant seals to be seen but the deep snow made the trek difficult. Tom found a penguin egg that had been attacked by a predator (probably a ski). Some rocks were not snow covered and the lichens and moss were evident.

Tom captured a video of a "reluctant penguin" who made several attempts to get into the water before diving in at last.

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