South Shetland Islands 
And so here we are on the M/S Expedition, departing Ushuaia, Argentina and heading first to the Shetland Islands and then to the mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula.
And so here we are on the M/S Expedition, departing Ushuaia, Argentina and heading first to the Shetland Islands and then to the mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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This is our crew in the "mud room" where all of the soiled outer layers stay after a landing. Our ship had 138 passengers but only maybe 20 of us were under the age of 45 so we buddied up pretty quickly.
This is our crew in the "mud room" where all of the soiled outer layers stay after a landing. Our ship had 138 passengers but only maybe 20 of us were under the age of 45 so we buddied up pretty quickly.
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We made it across the Drake Passage in great time and were able to make our first landing a day early. This is Aitcho Island in the Shetland Islands. Our ship dropped anchor as close as it could get and then we went ashore in these 10 passenger Zodiacs.
We made it across the Drake Passage in great time and were able to make our first landing a day early. This is Aitcho Island in the Shetland Islands. Our ship dropped anchor as close as it could get and then we went ashore in these 10 passenger Zodiacs.
Last comment 12/16/16.
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We found our first penguins! In the foreground here is a whale jawbone.
We found our first penguins! In the foreground here is a whale jawbone.
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The fog and the mud made for a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel. Albatross photobomb!
The fog and the mud made for a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel. Albatross photobomb!
Last comment 11/27/15.
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We arrived after the eggs were hatched and the penguin young were now adolescents. This guy is really getting up in there!

Photo Credit: Aurelie Reynard
We arrived after the eggs were hatched and the penguin young were now adolescents. This guy is really getting up in there!

Photo Credit: Aurelie Reynard
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We were directed to always give a 15 feet berth to all wildlife, including penguins. However, we were also told that if we sat quietly sometimes the young penguins would get curious and come check us out. This little guy was checking Celena out..
We were directed to always give a 15 feet berth to all wildlife, including penguins. However, we were also told that if we sat quietly sometimes the young penguins would get curious and come check us out. This little guy was checking Celena out..
Last comment 10/03/21.
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This is as close as one got to me. After a good smell he decided that I was probably not safe for further inspection..
This is as close as one got to me. After a good smell he decided that I was probably not safe for further inspection..
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The penguins would chase each other around the beach, it was adorable!!

Photo Credit: Aurelie Reynard
The penguins would chase each other around the beach, it was adorable!!

Photo Credit: Aurelie Reynard
Last comment 01/12/16.
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