As a rule, great petrels are quite skittish around people (as compared to the skua who don’t seem to care about you if you're not food), however it wasn’t always thus.
Back in times when domesticated animals were a part of station life, including the domestication of local wildlife, the 1975 team had a pet giant petrel called ‘Horace'.
Station log 9/5/75
Horie the giganteus petrel is fast becoming firm pet as it feeds well and follows us about, has no fear of any one of us and is contented to stay in the precinct of the living quarters.
Station log 13/5/75
Horace the giganteus petrel is still with us — Jovan feeds and looks after him. But boy doesn’t he smell.
Station log 30/5/75
Our giant petrel Horace is still with us and comes at a call at meal times like a pet dog; will follow a few of us no trouble at all, was down at the isthmus this morning practising to fly but gave it away and walked back into camp at a call for breakfast. We have had him over three weeks and he is perfectly at home with both the cat and the crew.
Station log 4/6/75
Horace has apparently taken to the air as he has been missing for 24 hours.
Station log 9/6/75
Station log 18/6/75
Horace is back after two days — found him on the isthmus and he walked all the way back to the kitchen with me.
Sadly, that was the last mention of Horace I found. Hopefully he went off to do whatever giant petrels like to do best.