|It’s literally a “sea of penguins” along the strip of beach in Saint Andrews Bay.|
We knew the risk of missing many planned landings was high when we booked this cruise. Inclement weather would undoubtedly be the cause. Although I remained optimistic and perhaps a little “overly bubbly” on the topic, Tom in his usual practicality was less so. He was certain we’d miss several planned landings and once again, he was right.
|As we approached Saint Andrews Bay of South Georgia Island.|
So far, due to bad weather, we’ve missed five planned “ports of call” so to speak and possibly more is on the horizon. We are amidst a storm at sea and feel fortunate this smaller ship (200 passengers) has managed to avoid damage in the raging seas we’ve encountered these past few days, especially in the past 24 hours.
|The King Penguin didn’t like all the attention.
Last evening during happy hour from the bar on deck six, we all took videos, stunned how the waves slammed against the windows and topped over the highest points of the ship. It was astounding and I must admit somewhat daunting in this smaller ship. Most cruise ships have the capacity for 2000 to 6000 passengers and crew. We can walk from bow to aft in a minute or two.
|Penguins with an Elephant Seal lounging in the background.|
The back of the head of a King Penguin.
|Penguins will often lay down on the pebbles, like this, to stay cool on a warm day.|
|Penguins frequently preen to ensure the oil they get from their oil glands is evenly distributed to ensure they’re waterproof.|
|The little dots are King Penguins. It’s hard to believe there are so many.|
|Two large Petrol Birds spreading their wings on the beach.|
|Penguins and seals seem to cohabitate well together.|
|This massive King Penguin colony is at the base of a glacier.|
Taking passengers out on the Zodiac boats in highs seas is definitely out of the question. Gee…we haven’t even done the Drake Passage yet, which we’ll sail through on our return route to Ushuaia toward the end of the cruise.
|A pup seal sleeping while sitting up.|
We’ve made a few videos of the rough seas but won’t be able to upload them until we return to Buenos Aires next week which we hope to do. The Wi-Fi signal isn’t good enough to upload videos. So stay tuned for them in a week or so.
|Standing among the King Penguins was an experience we’ll always remember.|
|With warmer temperatures, penguins congregate in the shallow water to stay cool.|
|There are a number of Elephant Seals in Saint Andrews Bay, mostly females since they males, after breeding head back out to sea. The males aren’t involved in the care of the pups.|
|Once again, me and lots of penguins.|
|Female Elephant Seal lounging in the warmth of the sun.|