The wind was so wild overnight, the Polar Pioneer had to motor back and forth along the Penola Strait without being able to stop to anchor. Around 6:30am we were able to anchor near Pleneau Island. The elephant’s graveyard is one thing; Pleneau Island is known as the iceberg graveyard – a giant eddy where the icebergs collect.
I felt a little cheated in a way because after struggling with clothing, 15-20kg of equipment and a dry bag, I was amongst the last to front up and so was on the convalescents’ zodiac which stayed out for a much shorter time than the rest and, for example, did not get to see a leopard seal. Still, the views of icy seascapes were spectacular enough, as you will see. For the most part they need little explanation.
GPS location (green arrow).
GPS location (Green arrow for the location of the zodiac).
Sometime around 1pm, we headed back to Vernadsky.