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Day 14--Point Lookout, Elephant Island
We pass snow-covered Elephant Island on the way to our Point Lookout landing. Elephant Island lies just below 60 degrees south. Per an old sailor's adage: Below 50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is no God.
We shall see...
The area is alive with different kinds of penguins. These chinstraps show how hard they work to walk all over their land bases.
It's amazing to see how high up the mountains they climb to find the 'perfect" nesting spot.
Some chinstrap pairs seem to snuggle...
This one poses for a real close-up.
I loved the way the different penguins feet are so unique. These chinstrap tootsies are digging into the ice as the bird perches on a very uneven patch.
Macaroni penguins join the penguin party...
Along with Gentoos feeding their chicks...
And a lone Adelie penguin clambers over the rocks.
The rights for nesting spots can become quite heated. The males build the nests and the females critique them before deciding if they will lay their egg there. Penguins often steal rocks from each other's nests. Guess some rocks are more desirable than others.
We find one chinstrap repositioning on her nest. We get a glimpse of her two eggs. She will be a busy mother. The rocks can't make a very comfortable nest, but the eggs stay dry and protected here.
We watch as one chinstrap baby stretches its wings--already beginning to build its swimming muscles.
Meanwhile, the geologists trek the site searching for special amphibolite schists--we just enjoy the scenery.
Some rocks even catch my eye... story the molten granite making these folds could tell. Leaving Elephant Island, a pink sunset glow hits the tops of the distant mountains. Peaceful.
Tomorrow we head to King George Island in the South Sandwich Islands before finally making landfall on Antarctica.
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