From the South Shetland Archipelago, we sailed overnight through
the Bransfield Strait to Linblad Cove in Charcot Bay. Linblad Cove
was recently named in honor of the memory of Lars-Eric Lindblad,
the man who pioneered Antarctic expedition cruises in 1966 and founder
of Linblad Expeditions. The cove is surrounded by spectacular mountains
and three immense glaciers that produce lots of icebergs.
The waters here are unchartered so the ship moved slowly through
the ice. Leopard and Fur Seals could be seen resting on bergy bits
as well as a few penguins. Zodiaks were lowered so we could cruise
among the bergs.The waters were swarming with krill which is the
lifeblood of most of the wildlife found in Antarctica.
the overcast and snowy conditions, the zodiak tour was spectacular.
We got up close and personal with leopard seals laying on the ice.
Their name is appropriate given their leopard- like spots and predatory
feed on penguins
and fur seals swimming in the ocean, though they didn't seem to
mind our presence.
by icebergs in our zodiak really emphasized how large they are.
Wind and waves caused interesting markings and arches on the bergs.
What a nice surprise to have a zodiak come alongside and offer hot
chocolate with a choice of whiskey or peppermint schnapps so we
could toast Mr. Linblad.
For more photos of Linblad Cove, go to Linblad
Cove Photo Gallery. To read about the next location visited,
go to Mikkelson Harbor.
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