Antarctica Adventure - 2002

P ARADISE B AY

Our second Zodiac experience of the day was a ride around Paradise Bay. Pouring into the bay are six enormous glaciers and many smaller ones. The bay was ringed with massive mountains covered with more snow and ice. We were just so amazed at the enormity of the scenery and with the realization that what we were seeing was only one bay in a continent bigger than the US! The scale of Antarctica is hard to comprehend because there is so little around to give perspective to the features of the land: the mountains, the nunataks, the glaciers, the glaciated and etched rock faces. Our bird expert reminded us that in addition to the Gentoos, we had also seen Antarctic Terns, Snowy Sheathbills, Blue-Eyed Shags, Wilson's Petrels, Skuas and Cape Petrels.

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