Tour to Australian Antarctic base ANARE on Macquarie Island
29 November 2007
The exploration of Macquarie island continues, today with a landing in the australian ANARE scientific base and then with a zodiac cruise along Lusitania bay, where there is one of the largest King penguin colony of the world.
Once landed at ANARE, I am again in the middle of king penguins and elephant seals.
A gentoo penguin.
The remains of the tools used the past century to process penguins, elephant seals and fur seals, to get oil and skin. It was a terrible time for those animals, when they were just exterminated without any consideration for the terrible damage to the ecosystem. Luckily, today penguins and elephant seals are protected like humans on this island.
Elephant seals can be found everywhere throughout the ANARE scientific base.
Over this building there is a web cam sending through internet a current picture of ANARE every ten minutes. See http://www.aad.gov.au
and follow the links to Macquarie island web cam.
Those nice penguins look like employers moving through the ANARE base.
Elephant seals scattered here and there throughout the base.
A small colony of Gentoo penguins and a view of the west coast of Macquarie island.
The post office and the station's dining room. The station is populated throughout the year by alternating personnel. Here they research mainly the atmosphere and the earth's magnetism.
It is now time to go back on the beach and leave ANARE base. In the meanwhile, a very young elephant seal did go to investigate the backpacks. Above, a king penguin lacking the typical yellow color on the head.
The ship moves to Lusitania bay. The spots visible on the beach aren't stones, but are hundred thousands of King penguins living all together in an immense colony.
As the penguins are taking the beach completely, no landing is possible here. However, a zodiac cruise along the bay is still great and unforgettable.