The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 10 – No penguins!

Posted by Robbie - 17 December 2013

We hit Antarctica today. After a bit over a week we have got to the Driest continent on Earth. It started by seeing a vast area of icebergs. I counted 47 at one point. After an hour or two of that we came alongside the fast ice next to Commonwealth Bay. There was a huge swarm of Adelie penguins. They were travelling in groups of roughly 15 getting in and out of the icy water. There were about 40 groups of them spread out along the side.

Later, we started ramming the ice. We were going in and out, in and out.  I counted and it took 16 go’s for us to land it perfectly so we could lower the gangway onto the ice. We were very close to missing.

The first thing I did was get the satellite phone out to call my friend. I had to go up on the very top floor and the signal was pretty bad. But I still think he was impressed that I could talk to him from Antarctica. And Jamil if you’re reading, sorry I couldn’t talk for longer.

When we got off we instantly ran over to the penguins and we took hundreds of shots. It caused the “Photo of The Day” organisers to make a rule of NO PENGUINS.

Anyway you’ll hear from me soon.