Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 33, the South Pole ( Antarctica)

My friends have no idea as to where we are off to next...some of them believed that we were headed for Europe....they were not listening to me when I said that our ice-strengthened ship awaits!

When we boarded a plane for southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego they all assumed that we were going to tango in Buenos Aires.....

It only dawned upon them that we were going some place really cold when I insisted on all of us having warm clothing.........

Yes, you guessed right, our ship to Antarctica awaits!

As we cross the Antarctic convergence, the temperature plummets drastically.....and as we pass the different islands we see different types of penguins........well girls, I did promise you that you will see penguins:-)....and more than one type......

oh, they are so little men in tuxedos:-)))

The guide aboard our ship taught us to identify the different types of penguins.

The Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is a type of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast and its nearby islands and are among most southerly distributed of all seabirds.

The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) is a species of penguin which is found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island and Balleny.

Their name derives from the narrow black band under their heads which makes it appear as if they are wearing black helmets, making them one of the most easily identified types
of penguin.

Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica.

Yes, we all remember Mumble from the movie Happy Feet .
The movie features Emperor Penguins as its primary characters depicting their life cycle and promoting an underlying serious environmental message of threats from global warming and depletion of food sources by overfishing.

Oh, here we go ...not the tango......but tap dancing on board the ship;-).... Nopi is teaching Feroz how to dance! Wow, who knew that Feroz had such great rhythm??

1 comment:

Marti.k said...

Oh, peguins are really lovely :) Thanks for this trip!