18 July 2003
|Weddell seal in O'Brien Bay this week. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
Casey expeditioners were excited to see some early Weddell seals near the station in Newcomb Bay and O'Brien Bay this week, after three consecutive blizzard days had blown most of the sea ice out of the bays. These presumably pregnant female animals took the opportunity of making an early visit ashore prior to their coming to the ice edge in another month or two to give birth.
|Another Weddell seal in O'Brien Bay. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
Friday night drinks took the form of an indoor sports night round robin competition, with darts, table tennis, and pool.
|Rossco shows his style in beating Tubby in the darts final. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
Everyone took part, and the eventual winners were Al in the table tennis, Rossco in the darts, and Dennis in the pool.
|Al thrashes Simon the table tennis final, Robby umpiring. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
On Monday, six of us took an impressive and shiny new cache container box built by our chippies, and emergency stores, over to Shirley Island. This was to replace the previous emergency supplies cache there which we had earlier found missing, either removed at some stage or blown away.
|View from Shirley Island back towards the station this week. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
Although most of the sea ice in Newcomb Bay had blown out last week, including all the ice beyond Shirley Island, the passage between Shirley Island and the station has remained solidly frozen and suitable for quad travel.
|A cluster of quads in front of a small grounded berg in Shirley Island channel. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
|Doc Peter practices arising from the coffin when we took the new emergency cache to Shirley Island this week. L-R: Andrew, Ken, Cookie Trent. July 2003. Photo I. Harris|
That's about all the excitement from Casey this week, folks.
Cheers from the men of Casey.