With the last of the summer crew finishing their final packing, there was enough time and good weather to get one last ‘berg cruise in before the sea ice becomes locked in for the winter. The ‘bergs were smaller than earlier in the year but the wildlife was just spectacular.
We encountered emperor penguins, Adelie penguins, skuas and leopard seals. The leopard seals are waiting for the Adelie penguin moult to be over and for the young chicks take their first swim. At one point we had up to six leopard seals checking the boat out from a safe distance, with one swimming under the boat and giving us all an idea as how big an animal they are.
By this time, our skippers where getting ready to move to a safer distance should they show any interest in the boat but the seals soon decided that penguins taste better and moved away as we slowly cruised down the coastline back to Casey.
What great way to end the summer season!