This week at the station

This week at Casey: 25 October 2013

Flying Seals

As the days grow longer at Casey and, for many, our Winter experience draws to a end, it has been a great time to venture out and jam as many special moments and experiences into the memory bank as possible. Similar to when you are at one of those Chinese buffet restaurants and you are allowed to fit as much as you can on your plate. What do you do? You load it until it is falling off the sides.

In the last month I have put down the tools and have been full-time assisting Benny M in getting the ski landing area ready for the Bassler, Hercules and Twin Otter; an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed. Ben has been great to work with and together we have produced an impressive strip.

Now to the second part of the title – seals. Wildlife is returning to Casey like music lovers to the Byron Bay Blues Festival. We have leopard and Weddell seals sprawled out on the seas ice edges from here to Browning peninsula eagerly looking out to sea for their mates from last season to join the party. By the looks of things the Weddell seals have been busy over the austral Spring and most are heavily pregnant or alongside their beautiful new pup.

Some of my recent photos will now finish of my story and I dedicate this to the poor little Adélie that makes it all the way in to the coast and gets chomped by a hungry leopard seal.

A zoomed close up of a leopard seal smiling
Smile
(Photo: Timothy New)
A zoomed close up with a seal yawning
Yawn!!
(Photo: Timothy New)
Another leopard seal close up
Close up
(Photo: Timothy New)
Leopard seal rolling on the sea ice
Taking it easy
(Photo: Timothy New)
Another yawn from the leopard seal
Sleepy
(Photo: Timothy New)
A large groomer, grooming the snow
Preparing the Ski Landing Area
(Photo: Timothy New)
A groomer in the distance in a flat and snowy terrain
Preparing the Ski Landing Area
(Photo: Timothy New)
Wheels of the Quad Track on the flat snow terrain
Big Quad Track
(Photo: Timothy New)
Mum and pup Weddell seals on the sea ice
Weddell seals
(Photo: Timothy New)
A young Weddell seal yawning
A cute yawn
(Photo: Timothy New)
A young Weddell on the sea ice with an adult Weddell sticks its head out of the water
Hello kiss
(Photo: Timothy New)
Young Weddell seal on the sea ice
Hello
(Photo: Timothy New)
Large adult Weddell seal on the sea ice
Mum
(Photo: Timothy New)
Underbelly of a Weddell seal
Chilling
(Photo: Timothy New)
A close up of an Adélie penguin
Adélie close up
(Photo: Timothy New)
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