Pourquoi Pas Island, Antarctica

Pourquoi Pas was the name of the ship of the French explorer Charcot. Scott called him the “Polar Gentleman.”

The is a large moraine here and we found Antarctic Fur Seals, a Weddell Seal and Adelie Penguins.

The beach at Pourquoi Pas island

Weddell Seal

The face of a Weddell Seal is said to resemble that of a cat.

the moraine

male Fur Seals

Moulting Adelie Penguins

the moult takes about three weeks

the penguins are unable to go to sea to feed during this time.

They lose 50% of their weight.

Pourquoi Pas Island

February 26, 2017

Miles Hearn


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