South Orkney and Shingle Cove
March 10th, 2005
Cruising from Antarctica to South Georgia, a short tour of the South Orkney islands represents a nice break, thanks to the interesting landscape, the penguins, the elephant seals, the fur seals and lot of enormous, very colorful icebergs often remaining trapped into the bays.
The South Orkney Islands are an iceberg paradise and approaching them may be sometimes difficult, as visible from Mr. Radar above.
Shingle Cove is a charming and quiet place in South Orkney islands, full of colorful icebergs and glaciers flowing into the sea. South Orkney islands are a nice addition to any Antarctica cruise navigation from or to South Georgia.
Pictures of South Orkney islands
A nice frozen waterfall, between rocks covered by orange lichens.
But the biggest surprise of South Orkney islands is on the beach, where a large number of fur seals and elephant seals are resting during the moult.
More photos of South Orkney islands. Fur seals and elephant seals sharing the beach at Shingle Cove, a protected bay in South Orkney islands. Most seals are mouting before the winter comes.
Pictures of young elephant seals and a fur seal.
Lazy young elephant seal
Elephant seals are very irritable animals and fights happen frequently.
Picture of elephant seal during moult on South Orkney islands.
Molting elephant seals lay all together to save body's heat.
Penguin & elephant seal.
Pictures of fur seals resting on rocks inside the bay.
Huge blocks of ice are grounded on the beach during the high / low tide.
Moulting elephant seal photo.
More elephant seals at different stages of development.
Oooops... somebody did see where I've left my head???
The cruise to South Orkney islands finishes with a nice zodiac cruise between the icebergs of Shingle Cove.
A very curious and interesting iceberg, showing a dark stripe in the middle. It was probably caused by some ancient volcanic eruption, and the subsequent accumulation of ash.