The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 11 – Hanging out in Antarctica

Posted by Cara - 18 December 2013

Emperor Penguin and Macpac

After zipping across the bay on the zodiac, we landed on the ice, finding ourselves surrounded by Adelie penguins jumping out from the water.   Milling around our feet, they staggered and slid like drunken ice skaters.  We set up two camps amidst the penguins; the first a replica of Mawson’s original tent and supplies, the second, a modern tent with all the mod cons! As we stood admiring our handiwork a lone emperor penguin came strolling in to inspect our work - I think we got his seal of approval.  Just as we thought things couldn’t get any better, the water broke in front of us as an orca appeared between the ice floes - upstaging Dad on his Google hang-out.