Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson
magellanic

Elsehul, South Georgia Island

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Another day sailing at sea, but we’re at South Georgia Island now. This entry will be brief because we have a very early morning tomorrow – I’ve set my alarm for 4:15a because we have a 5:30 landing time at Salisbury Plain. So.

Today’s schedule was pretty light. Hugh continued his geology presentation but didn’t leave any time to talk about glaciers. Dag showed some great photos of the whaling stations on South Georgia, including some photos taken by a messboy on one of the ships in the 1950s. Dag came upon the photos in a pawn shop, looked up the name on them, and, remarkably, found the guy, so Dag got the full story on them. Bruce gave a pretty terrible session on Adobe Lightroom – he didn’t manage his time well and didn’t give a great overview of what the tool should be used for. I learned plenty from my fellow passengers who’ve used it, though, so that’s all good. In short, it’s a photo collection management tool, sort of like Picasa, and it has some image adjustment features a la Photoshop Elements. I don’t think I’ll replace my tools with it.

We reached South Georgia around dinner time and spent the past hour cruising slowly through Elsehul. We saw king penguins and fur seals in the water and king and macaroni penguins and fur seals from afar on the shore. We can’t land here because there are too many fur seals, so we’ll sail on further tonight. The weather’s overcast, which is typical for South Georgia, and it’s in the mid- to upper 30s. So, just like Seattle in January. 8)

Tomorrow’s plan: two landings, at Salisbury Plain in the morning and Prion Island after lunch. The morning landing will have two waves, the first at 5:30a (weather permitting) and the second at 8a. We’re aiming for the first wave. At this site we’ll see 80,000 breeding pairs of King penguins and a large number of fur seals. We’ll be given bamboo poles for seal deterrence: they apparently hate having their whiskers brushed so that’s all that’s needed to send them away if they come too near. At Prion Island we’ll see wandering albatross nests.

Time for bed!
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