After two days of
cruising on the Scotia Sea, the Ocean Nova arrived at the South Georgia Islands.
Even though I live in Colorado and have seen many mountains & glaciers,
South Georgia was breathtaking ... and when combined with the
incredible diversity & number of animals, it was amazing.
The weather was cool, grey & dreary that first morning we stopped
at Elsehul, and due to some aggressive fur seals, we were not able
to do a landing, but had an enjoyable (and somewhat surreal experience due to
the misty fog) Zodiac ride around the harbor.
Checking out the beach at Elsehul South Georgia
Quite the diversity of wildlife co-existing here: King & Gentoo Penguins, Skuas, Baby Fur Seals and Elephant Seal
One big happy (?) family of Fur Seals
King Penguins at Elsehul, South Georgia - mouseover image for close view of molting penguin
A pair of Gentoo Penguins - mouseover image for close view of wife nagging her husband! ;-)
Northern Giant Petrel takes off next to the Zodiac
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Fur Seals in the mist on the lichen colored rocks of Elsehul, South Georgia
It was pretty surreal motoring around in the Fog
The weather improved dramatically that afternoon, but it was good to
have an off-weather excursion which added a surreal element to the trip.
As we ate lunch on-board the Ocean Nova, the sun came out and it
got much warmer as we cruised over to Salisbury Plains, South Georgia.