Goodacre's in Antarctica travel blog

Oil tanks at Whalers Bay - Deception Island

MS Expedition & Weddell Seal

Whalers Bay

Crazy ass swimmers.

Bird

Neptune's Window

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

Telefon Bay

Telefon Bay

Murray, Wilson, Terrance & Penny at Telefon Bay


at 5am we were in front of Baily Head at Deception Island, unfortunately the seas were too rough for a landing, so we were unable to disembark to view the 65,000 chinstrap penguin colony. we continued sailing through Neptune's Bellows into the heart of Deception Island (an old volcano crater that has been submerged). We had 9am landing at Whaler's Bay and hiked up to Neptune's Window to have a view point of the open sea and the bay. while walking we saw the remains of the old Norwegian Hektor whaling station (which operated from 1912 to 1931) and the old British Base B that was built in 1944 as part of the Operation Tabarin. There were old boilers, old tanks and houses. The base was destroyed by a mud flow that resulted from a volcanic eruption in 1969. Along the shoreline were remains of barrels, boats, seal bones and whale bones. On shore, we saw a Weddell Seal and a Leopard Seal and a few Gentoo Penguins and birds. It was super windy. At 11am a few brave souls geared down and took the plunge into the Antarctic waters - it is believed that the water in the bay is warmer than the other waters due to the still active volcano heating the ground water that is running into the ocean. Penny dipped her hand into the water and thought it was a cold as the other landing locations. Our afternoon landing was just around the corner in Deception Island called Telefon Bay. Here we hiked up to the top of the volcano crater for the views. It was extremely windy out. on the zodiac trip back to the ship, we were soaked by large waves. We are now anchored at Half Moon Island and will have our first landing at 8:30AM.



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