After lunch on January 26, the ship moved to Mikkelson Harbor, which
is located at the southern end of Trinity Island in the Gerlache
Strait. This small, rocky island is surrounded by glacial ice and
we heard lots of booming from cracking ice throughout the afternoon.
Disembarking on the island, we encountered many whale bones and
the remains of a couple wooden whaling boats. We
hiked across to the far side of the island but snow, rain and mud
made it messy going.
found Gentoo penguins resting on rocky mounds, trying to keep their
eggs and chicks dry.
was also a gentoo penguin colony established next to an abandoned
Argentine station hut dating from the 1950's.
The chicks were not as far along as in the north. Altogether, the
Oceanites researchers counted about 3800 Gentoos on Mikkelson Island.
For more photos of Mikkelson Harbor, go to Mikkelson
Harbor Photo Gallery. To read about the next location visited,
go to Damoy Point.
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