Grytviken Part 2

12th November 2015. Grytviken, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . (4. Grytviken)).

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Continuing the walk from the last post, here is an elephant seal bull recovering from a challenge for a harem.  Whaling detritus behind.  They used to hunt elephant seals as well as whales.

 

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Another male elephant seal lurking in the shallows.

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Whalebones that have probably been there a very long time.

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Remains of a ship that wasn’t going anywhere soon.

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Shackleton’s tombstone.

For those who aren’t aware of the history:  Sir Ernest Shackleton launched an expedition to walk across Antarctica, from one ship to another, via the South Pole, in 1914, just before the first World War started.  Unfortunately, his ship was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea before they got to land.  They left the ship and camped on the ice floe until it began to break up so they sailed 560 kilometres in three ship’s lifeboats to reach Elephant Island off the Antarctic Peninsula.  Elephant Island was seldom visited by ships though, so Shackleton had one of the ship’s boats strengthened and with five others set of on a 1,300 kilometre journey to whaling stations on South Georgia, where he would find help.  They survived a savage storm that sunk a 500-ton ship in the general area, to land on the south coast of South Georgia.  Rather than try to sail round, in another incredible feat, Shackleton and two others climbed over the the mountains to reach assistance on the other side.  Eventually, all were rescued and the only death was a sailor who was injured when the ship was crushed.

He died on board ship in harbour in South Georgia in 1921 at the start of another expedition and was buried there.

The 1914-1916 expedition was also remarkable for the photographs of Frank Hurley.

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Once a whaleboat.  I’d turned around by this stage, back towards the zodiacs.

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It’s no surprise from this view that Grytviken is the most sheltered harbour in South Georgia.

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I head back past the whaling ship “Petrel” again.

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… and past the decaying factories of death….

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They might look like elephant tusks in the foreground but they are the rib bones of whales.

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Still chained to the past…

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… and walking past more rusted relics of a less than memorable past.

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Almost back where we started, now.

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Waiting zodiacs, whale bones and dead ships.

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And here he is, still in place, the King Penguin from the beginning of the previous post.

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Grytviken Part 1

12th November 2015. Grytviken, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . (4. Grytviken)).

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We are now approaching the great metropolis of Grytviken, in fact the only place in South Georgia where the population is greater than zero, not counting seals and penguins.

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A closer view.  A small number of British scientists live here, though Argentina briefly captured the place in the early eighties.

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A king penguin was hanging around on shore, on the somewhat muddy ground.

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I was not the only person to photograph him (or her).

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These I believe are casings for the explosive heads of harpoons, fired from harpoon guns at the front of whaling ships.

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This place is probably a paradise for scrap metal dealers, were they allowed to remove anything.

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Grytviken was founded in 1904, initially as a Norwegian whaling station.  It closed in 1965 when virtually all the whales were gone and in the intervening period processed 53,800 slaughtered whales.

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Many relics of that period remain.

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I would think that the purpose of this huge pile of massive chains was to haul whale carcasses ashore.

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… though in this case, to anchor a ship.

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Ancient machinery whose purpose probably doesn’t bear too much thinking about.

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I went for a walk along the shore quite a way past the settlement.

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There are also remains of various wharves….

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I understand the road accident casualty rate is quite low on South Georgia, much lower than India for example (though actually they usually drive pretty slowly in India in my experience).  For all I know, this may be the only vehicle on the island.

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There are also a couple of old ships moored beside the bay.

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This one is an old whaling ship.

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You can see that the end of the harpoon does appear similar to the rusted sections we saw further above.

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And finally, here are a few shots of rust and paint on the side of the ship.

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Prion Island

11th November 2015. Prion Island, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . (3. Prion Island)).

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From Salisbury Plain we sailed to nearby Prion Island on the afternoon of the same day.  Based on the time stamps, the first two images were taken from the ship on the way there.

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The reason we went there was the possibility of photographing wandering albatrosses and indeed, there was a chick on a nest and a few others further away.

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When an adult, this bird may have a wingspan of up to 3.7 metres (12 ft), the largest for any bird.

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This one isn’t flying anywhere yet but in due course it will fly huge distances, soaring on the air currents.

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… but no reason not to try out the wings…

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This on the other hand, is a giant petrel.  Colouration and plumage are very different, and also the nostril case above the beak.

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The others were concentrating on the birds (after all, most of them are specialist wildlife photographers) but I was also transfixed by the distant background.

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The moody shapes in the distance presented a mysterious and changing tableau.

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Salisbury Plain (Take 1)

11th November 2015. Salisbury Bay, South Georgia.

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Map of journey . (2. Salisbury Plain).

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Our second landing was at Salisbury Plain, where we would return five days later. We arrived the previous evening but strong winds and rain prevented a landing then.

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A skua in the right foreground. King penguins across the stream. South Georgia mountains in the distance.

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Flipper of a whale. Probably a relic from the whaling days.

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I was unable to detect any massive stone circles erected by the penguins.  Perhaps I need to read more about Salisbury Plain.

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It’s not just the penguins, the whole environment is magnificent.

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Beach procession.

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King penguins porpoising near the shore.

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Penguin landing party.

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Previously we have seen elephant seals. They are not to worry about too much unless you get between a couple of contesting males and they don’t move very fast except for short distances. These are fur seals though and a different matter. Males stake out a patch of beach as potential mating grounds and will attack if you get too close. They can move very fast, are very powerful and have sharp teeth. To be treated with caution.

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Looks cuddly but don’t get too close….

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Size of images

Most readers of this blog will be aware that you can click on an image to see a larger version.  For some of the earliest posts in this blog the maximum dimension was I think 800 pixels.  Most have been 1024 pixels.  From this post I have increased it to 1900 pixels.  This won’t make any difference if you are using a phone, but may be useful for those viewing the posts on PCs.

Right Whale Bay

10th November 2015. Right Whale Bay, South Georgia.

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Our first landing on South Georgia and the only time we encountered snow.  Little comment is required for most of these images.  All the penguins are King Penguins.  There are also elephant seals, fur seals and a skua.

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The young male elephant seal has been in the wars.  Probably aspirations beyond his station.

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A view from near the shore looking inland.

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The penguins here are all King Penguins. They are similar in appearance to Emperor Penguins but not as large, up to a metre in height.  Some species of prehistoric penguins reached as high as two metres.

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Two methods of locomotion – walking and sliding on the belly.

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A skua, probably on the lookout for a dead penguin.

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The penguins don’t climb up there.

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Patterns on the mountain side.

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Fur seals have right of way….

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A last glimpse before departing in the zodiacs as the weather closes in.

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Falklands to South Georgia

7th to 10th November 2015. Falkland Islands to South Georgia.

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Before we left Stanley, we crowded on a lifeboat for a drill, all no doubt hoping we wouldn’t encounter the real-life situation, tossed on a wild sea like a can of sardines.

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A last glimpse of the Falklands as we sail from Stanley, out of Blanco Bay.

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There were huge numbers of birds sitting on the water (and here flying from the ship) but I can’t identify them.

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Snow Petrels.

Visibility was generally poor during the crossing so I didn’t chase images then and we are now near South Georgia, three days later.

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Black-browed albatross.

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Giant Petrel, South Georgia in the background.

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The looming mountains of South Georgia.

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Map of journey.  Click to expand to large size (around 2,000 pixels wide).

The return route line is generally outside the incoming line and the landings are also numbered.

I have been on several tours but this one stands out for the quality of the company.  There was 48 of us almost all photographers, the vast majority of those of professional quality and specialising in wildlife.  They included Ole Jörgen Liodden and Roy Mangersnes of Wildphoto and Joshua Holko, Daniel BergmannEirik Grønningsæter and Bonnie Yap, with whom I journeyed from Spitzbergen to Iceland in 2013.

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Cape Petrel.

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Right Whale Bay, site of our first landing.

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Giant petrel.

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Black-browed albatross, flying towards land.

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South Georgia 4

14th to 17th November 2015. St Andrews Bay, Entrance to Drygalski Fjord, Ocean Harbour, Salisbury Plains, Rosita Harbour, Salisbury Plains (again); South Georgia Island.

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From ship, at south end of South Georgia.

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Chinstrap penguins and snow petrels on iceberg.

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King penguins and elephant seal.

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Elephant seal (IR).

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Macro landscape.

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