|The Hägglund on the sea ice|
Our session today was on the sea ice in McMurdo Sound. We translated all the theoretical information we had been given into practical skills. It was an awesome introduction to the sea ice!
|Riding in the back of the Hägglund|
|Our instructor, Nick, demonstrates the ice drill|
|A Weddell seal looks up through our ice hole|
|A lone emperor penguin on the ice|
The last exciting event of our trip was located about 200 m off in the distance. We couldn't tell what it was at first. It had its back to us and just looked like a black lump. As it turned around, though, we realized it was an emperor penguin. Yes, friends, I saw a penguin today. Apparently, penguins go far away from their colonies to molt, and this individual was in the middle of his lonesome trek.
It was a great first trip onto the ice. I can't wait to go back for samples!