Monday, 14 December 2009

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has two moods – the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake. Today we enjoyed the first. Surprisingly, despite the beautiful weather outside, lectures were very well attended, and included topics such as Antarctic ecology, glaciology and history.

In the afternoon, people were out on deck observing the seabirds that followed the
vessel. We were accompanied by several wandering and black-browed albatrosses, pintado or cape petrels, fulmars, giant petrels – and the occasional whale, which breached the surface of the water so fleetingly that nobody –as far as we know – managed to capture them on film.