Smooth Sailing to The Snares

11 February, 2019

Snares Crested Penguins at The Snares

Image (c) A.Fergus

The weather gods have blessed the start of our second 'In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton' voyage down to Antarctica this season with expedition vessel Spirit of Enderby traversing an unusually calm Southern Ocean under brilliant blue skies. The ragged rocky outline of The Snares came into view in the pre-dawn light this morning and, after dropping anchor and enjoying a hearty breakfast from the team in the galley, we hit the Zodiacs and cruise its inhospitable towering cliffs and sheltered bays. It's always astounding to experience the sheer volume of wildlife that have made a home out of this rugged terrain and today was no exception as we encounter Snares Crested Penguins timing their ocean exit, albatross, and fur seals along with endemic Tomtit and Fernbird and the rare sight (as there is no nearby colony around) of a lone young King Penguin moulting on the shoreline.

 

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