Friday, March 18, 2011

Paulet Island

At Paulet Island we wandered about the remains of the stone hut in which Captain Larson and his crew withstood the Antarctic winter in 1902 after their ship "Antarctica" was crushed in pack ice. In this place of natural rugged beauty were adelie penguins, furseals, a leopard seal slumbering on an iceberg not far from shore, a rare blonde seal and much more. The South Georgia traverse party climbed to the summit of the extinct island volcano while the remainder of the group explored Paulet Island. Strong winds arose suddenly and we moved to another landing area before boarding the zodiacs to return to the Polar Pioneer.

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