Boating to Waterfall Bay and Green Gorge

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This week at Macquarie Island: 11 February 2011

Many of us enjoyed a fine afternoon’s boating on Saturday last weekend. We took three zodiac inflatable rubber boats (IRB’s) most of the way down the east coast of the island to Waterfall Bay, Green Gorge, and Sandy Bay. There were several purposes of the trip: to deliver a load of carrots and rabbit traps for use in connection with the distribution of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus as a pest rabbit bio-control agent as part of the Macquarie Island pest eradication program, to transport some of our people to and from station for fieldwork activities, and to collect some building materials from Sandy Bay to bring back to station to be used in the construction of a new viewing platform and boardwalk for tourists to view the isthmus.

We can only undertake these boating activities on fine days, and they take a bit of weather watching, planning and organisation. As travel over the island by land is limited to foot travel, the boats are the only way to move heavy loads, other than when helicopters are here over re-supply.

Inflatable boats zooming along
Zodiac IRBís heading to waterfall Bay and Green Gorge last weekend.

(Photo: Mick Whittle)

Expeditioner transfers from one boat to another.
Station leader Ivor transfers from one boat to another, while the onlookers...

(Photo: Mick Whittle)

Expeditioner enjoying the boating experience
Comms technician Kevin enjoying the boating experience

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Boats landing at the hut at Green Gorge
Boats landing at the hut at Green Gorge.

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Expeditioner beside boat on rocky beach
Construction supervisor Mick at Green Gorge.

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Expeditioner wearing orange life jacket surrounded by penguins
Research student Brendan meeting the locals: who were most envious of all...

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Expeditioner lying on beach with camera surrounded by penguins
Ivor getting some close-ups of the curious king penguins at Green Gorge.

(Photo: Mick Whittle)

King penguins swimming in the water
King penguins in the water at Green Gorge

(Photo: Mick Whittle)

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