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Day 19-Hannah Point on Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands
Leaving Neko Harbour after our late night zodiac adventure, we head back toward the Shetland Islands en route to Ushuaia and the southern tip of South America. In the morning we will visit one final spot overflowing with Southern Ocean wildlife, Hannah Point on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
The island is a microcosm of the life--and death--we have witnessed along the way. Gentoo parents and chicks.
A gentoo chick that looked just like a fat little "beany baby"
(Gentoo) Penguins on their rock nests each placed almost perfectly at about two-foot diameters from each other.
Macaroni penguin with chick along side Chinstrap penguins and their chicks.
A skua on it's nest
The cacophony of an active penguin colony calling for mates
A gentoo mother successfully protecting her chicks from an encroaching elephant seal that outweighs her many many times
Chinstaps performing their mating ritual
A Southern Black-backed Gull and chick
Two skuas fighting over the remains of a penguin chick one just stole from a nest
And a final sunset as we leave 62 degrees south and head north to South America
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