On Wednesday, Sarah and myself headed along Crooked Fjord to sample some lakes in the Mules Peninsula area, as well as test some sampling gear in preparation for the upcoming Rauer Island trip. Unfortunately the day was quite unsuccessful in terms of work but it was a very scenic drive with many interesting discoveries found.
Along Crooked Fjord we found a patch of ice containing many different types of algae, what we believe was an urchin and lying on top of the ice, half a scallop shell. We were quite surprised by this as neither of us knew at that stage that we got scallops here at Davis, since talking to other people we have found out they are actually quite common in nearshore Antarctic environments.
As we continued driving we found more similar patches of ice and lots more scallop shells, algae and sponges. Some of the scallop shells were lying just on the surface of the ice/snow and others frozen into the ice. The rest of the drive along Crooked Fjord became ‘scallop shell watching’ to ensure we didn’t run over any with the Hägglunds and crush them.