Yankee Harbour to Hannah Point
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Aitcho islands, Barrientos island
06:00 Position 62Ëš24â€™7.S 059Ëš44â€™4.W on anchor by Aitcho Islands
19:00 Position 62Ëš31â€™7.S 059Ëš47â€™0.W on anchor Yankee Harbour
Bleu sky calm morning later cloudier
Wind: SW2 afternoon SW6
Back on board its time for lunch while going anchor up to set sail to Edinburgh hill.
Mike colours up the geological side of the story white an entertaining talk in the deckhouse.
some people enjoy there dinner with beautiful views outside whilst on the hook in Yankee. After dinner we celebrate 2 birthdays with Rensjeâ€™s and Annaâ€™s Apple pie.
What a splendid day!
From: Yankee Harbour To: Hannah Point
13:30 Position 62Ëš38â€™99.
Wind:var 3 wind later SW 5
Its another early rise lifting the hook at 7 oâ€™ clock the caterpillars below taking us to Hannah point today.
Outside its snowy inside the deckhouse fills up for a lecture by Mike about Geology of Antarctica.
On arrival of Hannah Point we are called on the VHF radio by â€śHannah Point campiamientoâ€ť to welcome us. 3 Chilean scientist camping here doing research, ashore Mike explains about the Jasper dyke and rock formations, Bart about the birds, Tjalling about the place expelled stomach-linings by chinstraps, Antarctic flora and Foyns exploding harpoon head we find ashore.
Hannah Point is a real microcosm of Antarctic wildlife. We see not only hundreds of Gentoo penguins and Chinstrap Penguins, but also two Macaroni penguins. Really strange to think about Macaroni penguins are the most abundant of penguins, with an estimated population of about 18 million. Gentoo penguins are one of the least abundant species. Nonetheless the Macaroni penguin is a really beautiful penguin with itâ€™s long yellow feathers above itâ€™s eyes.
We further see some Southern Giant Petrels learning to fly. They fly from a rocky outcrop to a lower lying place. After that they slowly walk back over the crumbly volcanic slope to their original take-off spot to try again. On the beach there are two male Southern Elephants fighting. They grunt and grawl and attack one another by standing in an half-upright position against each other and slamming their teeth in to each other. Next we see our first Weddell Seal lying peacefully on the beach.
Later we see two plant species on the vulcanic ashes: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Both are small bleak plants, the only two higher flowering plant species occurring on Antarctica on the edge of life.
At the end of our walk the Chilean Geologists explain about there research and show us many fossils
2 guest from the station come on board to enjoy dinner with
Chocolate mouse for desert.
During dinner Wind picks up quite a lot for the crew and the 2 guest its very wet ride back.