After lunch on January 27, we sailed through the Gerlache Strait
to Neko Harbor. On the way we spotted a pod of Killer (Orca) whales.
They stayed with us for quite awhile.
Neko Harbor is on mainland Antarctica. This was our first continental
(non island) landing. There was a small (4000) Gentoo penguin colony
on the rocks with chicks that appeared quite young.
hiked up the Antarctic ice cap to a rocky outcrop for a spectacular
view of the area. The
glaciers surrounding the bay were very active and we heard rumblings
and spotted several avalanches and calvings. Fred decided to take
the "easy" way down - little did he know that there was
a steep drop off at the end and his back got packed with snow!
Humpback whales were spotted feeding on krill in the harbor so we
loaded into the zodiaks for a closer look. They were so intent on
feeding that they didn't mind how close we were.
For more photos of Neko Harbor, go to Neko
Harbor Photo Gallery. To read about the next location visited,
go to Lemaire Channel.
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