Matt & Emmy in Antarctica & Easter Island travel blog

Whales!

Port Lockroy

Icebergs

A really big iceberg


Today we woke to another clear, sunny, and warm day. We landed first thing in the morning at Port Lockroy, an anchorage used by whalers and by the British during World War II as a base to monitor any German naval activity in the Antarctic. The station was occupied until 1964, and in the past 10 years an effort has been made to restore it and operate it as a museum . The small museum (one building of about 5 rooms) operates during the summer months and is one of the most visited places on the peninsula. A staff of 3 live here during the summer months to run the museum, post office and gift shop. The museum was very nicely done, restoring the main building to how it looked in the 1950s. In addition to the staff of 3, another man was staying at the station for a few weeks. He had been one of the researchers living there during the 1950s, and he was returning to see his old base.

A kayak ride was offered, but the weather had turned a bit (snow showers and temperatures dropping into the 30s) so we skipped it.

The afternoon was occupied by cruising Dallman Bay & the Melchior islands looking for whales. We did this, and indeed did find a number of Minkie and Humpback whales swimming around in this area. Emmy and I both found them very difficult to spot or see anything of interest - usually just a tail and perhaps one fin. However, many of our fellow passengers (more diligent whale watchers than us) were quite excited.

In the evening, we had a preview of the video put together about the trip by the Video Chronicler Lindblad sends along. On each trip, a professional videographer accompanies the trip and shoots video of all the landings and major events, which is then sold at the end of the trip. We were extremely impressed with the quality of what we saw at the preview, and we will undoubtedly be boring many of you with the finished item when we get it. We were lucky on our trip to have a second videographer, Mike Murphy, along. Mike was on vacation but filmed the trip for his own purposes. In a couple of weeks, his videos should appear on youtube.com (search for "Destination Unknown," his television show name).



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