Day 8- Pourqoui-Pas: 'Why Not' as exploring motto
and the ¿No? Penguin complaint

track: Reaching the furthest southernmost point of our Antarctica expedition

notes by the Oceanwide expedition team from
the Ortelius official logbook

Date:                        21.03.2018

Position:                  67°48.5’S, 067°24.2’W

Wind:                       E 5

Weather:                 cloudy, snow

Air Temperature:    +1

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In the morning we looked for the shoe of a horse – at deserted British research base HorseShoe. Funny name, no horses or shoes to be found.  Nor penguins, as at the briefing about the expedition, Lynn prepared us: ‘no penguins to be expected here’.  

Landing on the island, we were welcomed by Lynn and a surprise Penguin welcome committee. No Penguins? Well, we surely are not gonna file a complaint about the extra welcome surprise committee: Adélie Penguins!!! And later we bumped into Captain Hook as well. Interesting place!

 

Why not?  Pourquoui-Pas, the motto of the French explorer Charcot, who pushed to discover the south part of Antarctica. Sometimes a ’ Why Not’ is clear: Like sailing  through a pass almost fully frozen over with sea-ice.

So our great captain and wonderful expedition leader Lynn ingeniously put together a plan B. All in the day’s motto: “Why Not” they decided to go further south and discover new areas, even for the well experienced expedition staff, we went to new places. Nice!

Highlights of the day

  • ¿No? Penguin = Seven Penguins.  The expedition team tempered our expectations: at the landing site of today, there won’t be penguins. Well, we counted seven Adélie Penguins wobbling their way around directly at the landing. Great welcoming committee!
     

  • 68°14.240’S – Bit sad, but let’s celebrate it as a highlight anyways:  We reached the most southern point of our trip: 68°14.240’S. Thanks to the very skilled captain and his nautical team, we went way further south than planned. Why Not?! That’s the spirit!
    From now onward, it’s about heading up North, back to Ushuaia. With still few great landing spots and zodiac expeditions planned, so holiday is far from over.
     

  • Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr- Walking around at the deserted station, in heavy snow- one really gets sort of a grip on how an Antarctic winter must feel like. Thank God for Fleece, Wind and Water proof clothes . Six layers today… No clue how in the old days they managed! Toughed up guys I reckon.
     

  • Penguin Plunge: Practicing with shooting film today, using a tripod. To reward my newbie efforts, the Adélie penguin jumps in the water with a dramatic splash! Cooooool!!!
     

  • Why not? How to get your name on the map
    On other unexpected encounter: Running into ‘Captain Hook’ on the Horse Shoe grounds. However, at the interesting and entertaining lecture of Christian, we learnt he was not the Romantic guy giving the names to new landmarks.

    After the lecture the girls concluded: You fancy to have a bay or island to be named after you? If you are not a Royal, the best chance is to marry a French Antarctic explorer. Being French and romantic - explorer  Mr. Charcot named a bay after his second wife – so bay Marguerite it was. The Jenny Island - the wife of the second in command at his expedition. 
     

  • BBQ and Fire in the House! Oceanwide knows how to surprise it’s passengers. Deep winter & heavy snow; let’s have a BBQ! !!!! The chef & his team and the hospitality staff of the Ortelius is B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T and with good sense of humor:

    Coming back from the dinner – wow, we have a crackling log  fire in our cabin!
    Cosy and Romaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantic.
    Well.
    That is:  don’t <<Zap>> to another tv-channel, where you fall into the movie where Hercules  is chopping off the Seven Heads of the Dragon.

Antarctica History Fact - 

Gondwana Dinosaurs move over- its PENGUIN  Antarctica time!
 

200 million years ago the current Antarctica was part of the super continent Gondwana. This super continent fell apart and around a 100 million years ago Antarctica arrived at the southern pole.

 

At that time, dinosaurs and mammals where enjoying the forest. That fun did not last – as 34 to 24 million years ago Antarctica got isolated by the formation of the Drake Passage. Right, that is the passage where nowadays two oceans collide…

The CO2 levels dropped dramatically, making Antarctica The Coolest Place On Earth! Dinosaurs move over – it’s Penguin time!

So, when you know your history: Penguins took over, so of course they welcome you at every landing site!

Thanks Caroline snapping the Jurci camera's snapping the Penguin!

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