Over the winter, particularly in July and August, we were constantly being hit with blowing snow, high winds and appalling visibility. This poor weather had slowed down many of our adventures out into the wild yonder.
During the week, the weather gods smiled on us and gave us blue skies, no wind and a clear horizon. Pete and I took advantage of this and left early Saturday morning for a day of checking out a newly found jade berg near Thorgaut Island.
With the golden sun fairly high in the sky by the time we had arrived at the island, we did miss out on seeing the cleanest, least snowy side of the berg in full sun. However this didn’t diminish the experience at all as we were treated to deep greens and an eerie light seeming to come from inside the iceberg.
Walking through the area attracted a waddle of local juvenile delinquents, the emperor penguins raced up to us like a bunch of BMX bandits. We exchanged our pleasantries, the penguins grew bored and wandered off to wherever they were going, giving Pete and I the opportunity to make our way to the top of the Thorgaut Island to look at the view and see if any other wildlife had returned to the area.
A few young Weddell seals had made a hole in the ice and hauled themselves out, ready for an exciting spring time of laying around, swimming and feeding. As we returned to station, we dropped in on a few more seals near Paterson Island who treated us to a chorus of their squeaks, barks and whistles.