|LMG docked at Palmer as viewed from Torgeson Island! Photo by K. Wurtzell|
First, most of the science crew scaled the glacier in the backyard of the station. How strange to walk more than 200ft in any direction (let alone uphill)! It felt great to get some exercise and the view was well worth the walk.
Then, we embarked upon an adventure to Torgeson Island, which is a five minute zodiac ride from Palmer. I was very excited to visit the island, especially because it houses an Adelie penguin colony!! There were penguins everywhere! Elephant Seals were on the island too.
We were especially lucky to be there because the penguins were laying eggs. Many of the penguins had an egg, some had two!
|A Penguin and his / her egg (The male and female take turns sitting on the egg). Photo by K.Wurtzell|
|There were Skuas flying around the island. Skuas will steal the penguins eggs to eat – didn’t seem like the Adelies liked having them around! Photo by K.Wurtzell|
|The island was also inhabited by Elephant Seals. They were huge!! Most of them didn’t move the entire time we were there. Photo by K.Wurtzell|
Overall, it was an amazing day! After our penguin adventure we were invited to eat dinner at Palmer Station. It was Make-Your-Own Pizza night! Delicious!! Then we all went up to the bar and celebrated the end of the cruise with some darts, pool, and dancing. Great end to a great day!
We are currently on our way back to Punta Arenas, Chile, but will first be stopping at Copacabana field camp tomorrow!