Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 4: Icy Penguins
December 29 - Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island, and Port Circumcision on the Antarctic Peninsula

We stayed up swapping stories with the folks from Palmer Station until after midnight, and we treated ourselves by sleeping in a bit later than usual. With heavy drapes over the windows to block out the midnight sun it can be hard to keep your internal clock on track, and so more often than not the day starts with Tim's 'Bing Bong' PA announcement, rallying the troops and telling us what's in store for the day ahead, which by the way is already well underway and we'll be meeting, geared-up, in the mud room.

But before we would leave for Port Circumcision, we should grab our cameras and head to the bow to witness our passage through the Lemaire Channel, a berg-riddled passage less than a mile wide, named for an intrepid explorer who gained fame for his explorations of the Congo and had set neither foot nor sail in the Antarctic.

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After the ice, we took the zodiacs ashore to scout on penguin colonies and see a magnificent iceberg graveyard, but not before we came across this posing crabeater seal.

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On the same outing that produced these photos, we had our first visit to an Adelie penguin rookery. Adelies are the most stereotypical penguins, tuxedoed, funny, and small. We took so many great shots that we had to make another post out of them, which we'll put up in a couple days.

Sitting with the Adelie penguins, you quickly start to understand them, or it's just them taking away your sanity, pebble by stolen pebble, but judge for yourself in the next chapter!

Read the next chapter: Day 4: Adelie Awesome


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

» Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

More chapters posted every few days...



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