Cruise to the Snares islands (Sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand)
24 November 2007
The Spirit of Enderby ship reaches The Snares (also called Snares Islands) early in the morning. Because of the unique ecosystem found on the island, with many endemic species not present in any other part of the world, it is not permitted to land on the island, but only to do a zodiac cruise along part of the coast.
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|The first zodiacs leave the ship for an exploration of the coast.|
|The typical vegetation of The Snares includes Olearia lyallii and about 20 endemic species, part of an unique ecosystem.|
|A colony of Snares Crested penguin. They like to form their colonies over steep rocks, where they climb jumping from stone to stone.|
|Pictures of Snares Crested penguins, with their elegant feathers on the head.|
|A large group of penguins are foraging out onto sea.|
|Group of penguins return from the sea, while others depart.
It is now time to go back to the ship and continue the journey southward.