Day 13

Trip Start Oct 09, 2008
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Trip End Nov 28, 2008


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Flag of Antarctica  , South Shetland Islands,
Sunday, November 16, 2008

Day 13, Sat 16 Nov: Elephant Is, South Shetlands:
Morning zodiac cruise at Point Wild where a monument sticks out of a rocky sea marking the spot where Shackleton left his men to seek rescue at Stromness.  The rocks are covered in Chin Strap Penguins (shan't bother explaining their name).  The monument is like a part of their world and I can't help wondering if they attach their own legend to it and think it's a shrine to the Chin Strap god to worship.
 
The afternoon took us to Gibb Island for a zodiac cruise along the coast.  I piked on this one but Tim went (I was just too Raynaulded sitting still in the morning zodiac, despite 4 pairs socks-3merino!!).  The buggers saw a Leopard Seal!  I'd planned to tell Tim one had swam near our window to make him jealous.  I  asked him if they'd seen the Leopard Seal and he said "yeh" giving me a quizzical look, wondering how I knew?  Well, that backfired on me, grand style.  One had been right up to them in their zodiac (all fingers in the boat!) looking for it's next meal.
 
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