In preparation for our arrival in South Georgia we were required to attend a mandatory briefing. South Georgia is an island and they do not want any alien species; as such we were required to perform biosecurity procedures, basically making sure that all our outerwear was free of organic materials, before landing and we had to sign a document attesting to this.
After 2 very busy and somewhat rough days at sea, we awoke to a South Georgia morning, complete with thick fog and heavy swells. We were supposed to land at Elsehul but the swells were too large to safely load the zodiacs, so instead we headed to Right Whale Bay. Along the way we had the pleasure of seeing some King penguins swimming and porpoising alongside the ship.
Our first glimpse of Right Whale Bay. The white specs are king penguins, the brown specs among the white are last year’s king chicks and the black specs along the beach are fur seals.
Here the ocean was a little calmer, but there were too many fur seals on the beach to make a safe landing. Instead we loaded into the zodiacs and did a drive by.
A large number of fur seals on the beach; the tiny black ones are this year’s pups and they are adorable.
Elephant seals are the largest seals in the world. They weigh 88-110 lbs at birth and are about 4’ 3” long. The mother feeds them for 3 weeks and then heads out to sea to feed at which point these baby elephant seals are known as “weaners”. This “little” guy would be a few months old.
- Antarctic Fur Seals
- Elephant Seals
- King Penguins
- Right Whale Bay
- Salisbury Plain
- Snowy Sheathbills
- South Georgia