SA: Antarctic Experience Day 2 (part 2)

Sunday, January 22, 2023

We left Paradise Bay and made our way to Neko Harbor. It was still snowing heavily. The ship was having to cut through a lot of what the Captain called “pancake ice.” Wikipedia defines pancake ice as a form of sea ice that consists of round pieces of ice that will fuse together. The diameters can range from 12 inches (30 centimeters) to 9 feet (3 meters) with thicknesses up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) depending on the local conditions. It forms as a result of wave action on slush or ice rind.

Right before lunch, a big iceberg came floating by with a bunch of Gentoo penguins and some sort of sea bird riding on it. However, as it got closer to the ship, many of the penguins jumped off. A few brave souls and the bird never jumped and just sailed on by.

Sea bird is at the far left
Making their way to jump off
Fewer still (bird still there)
Then there were three (and the bird)

Swimming away –

More icebergs –

We’d already seen so much and it was just early afternoon. Our next stop would be to circle Cuverville Island. Time for a late lunch.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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