Sunday, February 15, 2009

At Livingston Island

Lat - 62 41.45S
Long - 61 04 27W
Air Temp - -9.8C

We crossed the Drake in one piece, actually pretty good weather, butthere were a few green faces around none the less. We are now at Livingston Island to drop off the first of the field parties. Over thelast few days we've had a number of science talks from the two fieldparties we're going to drop off at various islands. The group we're dropping off today is a group of Paleontologists from the AmericanMuseum that are looking for mammal bones on Livingston Island. They're looking at connections between South America and Australasia, and the obvious geologic connection is via Antarctica. There have been mammal bones found in Antarctica before, just not on this particular island.We pick them back up at the end of the cruise, so it's kind of cool we get to know what they found. We also get to hear lots of gossip and wouldn't be surprised if someone tries to bury the chief scientist of that particular group, he's a bit of a pompous pain in thebutt.........:0)Setting up the field camp at Livingston Island


Male Elephant seal on the beach.....so cool and so gross at the same time....this is their molting season, so there were bits of skin all over the beach, kind of nasty....

I like the female Elephant Seals better, this one even gave us a smile.....


There were two types of penguin on the island, these are Chinstraps and possibly my favorite kind, they remind me of little army men with their chinstraps all tight....

And the second kind.....this is an angry penguin......:0)

2 comments:

kyllimarjaana said...

I love read your blog ,thanks .

nicola said...

hiya! bella has made lots of requests to see you. she says it has been a long, long time. :)