|Pack ice up close|
|The JCR breaking ice|
|Icebergs lurking in the pack ice|
|Crab Eater Seals looking alarmed by our presence|
|Crab Eater Seal|
I was lucky enough to see a group of Adelie penguins clustering around a hole in the ice. Adelies are appealing, even for penguins. They have a distinctive white ring around the margin of the eye and are considerably smaller than the King and Emperor penguins. Apsley Cherry- Garrard described them as being “...extraordinarily like children. These little people of the Antarctic world.” Apsley appears to have been rather enamoured of the Adelies, and described them as having great individuality. Others have commented on the absurd curiosity of these little birds. In the days of sled dogs this curiosity often lead to a sad reduction in penguin numbers as they waddled forward to investigate the barking, growling, salivating dogs! Cherry-Garrard describes the indignation displayed by one of the little penguins on being rescued from imminent death. The penguin allegedly buffeted his rescuer’s legs with his wings and clung to his trouser legs with his beak.
|Our wake closes swiftly behind us...|
Whilst the JCR is ice strengthened, had we become stuck fast in the ice we might then have been carried onto the rocks that litter the coastline of Adelaide Island. The decision has therefore been taken to head back towards Stanley and unload our scientists and operations personnel. The resupply of Rothera has been pushed back to January, after the next science cruise finishes. It's disappointing, but in the words of Shackleton “better a live donkey than a dead lion.”