Presented by: Liz Rushton
Review written by: Rory O’Brien
Travel Antarctica: “One cannot be angry when one looks at a penguin” – Ruskin.
Liz presented an illustrated talk on a trip to the Antarctic Peninsula on the ship World Discoverer in 1990. On the way the ship stopped at Cape Horn before turning south towards South Shetland, Graham Land and Palmer Land. Liz gave us a basic outline of Antarctic politics and described the interests of several countries that have bases there. There are approximately seventy bases in Antarctica.
Liz described seeing many animal species at close quarters including:
Going to sea
Elephant seals keeping each other warm
elephant seals, leopard seals, Gentoo penguins, rock hopper penguins, chinstrap penguins, Adelie penguins and grey headed albatrosses. She also described a thermal pool swim within the volcanic crater of Deception Island. Other features included; ice floes, icebergs and sculptured icebergs.