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Stromness: End of Shackleton's Journey

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Ernest Shackleton ended his 17 month long, epic journey in 1916 at Stromness Bay whaling station. This once thriving community has long since been abandoned and now stands in major disrepair. Because of the current day danger of asbestos and of collapsing structures, even the rare visitors to this part of the world can now only approach the old whaling station at a distance. For more information about the history of Stromness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromness,_South_Georgia

Nevertheless, Antarctic and sub Antarctic Wildlife still call it home today. Fur Seals rule the beaches and the ruins. Rather than sticking with my ship's group as they tried to cram everything possible in, I spent an afternoon just watching some of these critters interrelate. Spending time is the best way to do photography. Although this gallery contains many portraits, each portrait is of a different individual. Most of the group portaits are also of different individuals. If you look closely, you can see differences between the animals. Just as with people and other animals, even Fur Seals - by the thousands - are each unique in subtle ways.

Although (except during breeding season) fur seals generally get along very amicibly with others of their own species, they routinely will, however, charge humans without any provocation. Sometimes these charges can result in a nasty bite that will turn into an extremely difficult-to-treat infection. Therefore, Antarctic Fur Seals should be approached only with caution.
Approaching Stromness
Approaching Stromness
Corinithan II
Corinithan II
Approaching History
Approaching History
Leaving the Ship Behind
Leaving the Ship Behind
Whaling Station
Whaling Station
Past the Ruins
Past the Ruins
Whaler's Station
Whaler's Station
Waiting
Waiting
South Georgia Warning
South Georgia Warning
Vast
Vast
The Red Coats
The Red Coats
A Flurry of Activity
A Flurry of Activity
Trying
Trying
Overwhelmed
Overwhelmed
Setting Out
Setting Out
Stromness Beach
Stromness Beach
Life Line
Life Line
Memories
Memories
Landing at Stromness Harbor
Landing at Stromness Harbor
Whaler's Station
Whaler's Station
Near the Bottom of the World
Near the Bottom of the World
Welcoming Committee
Welcoming Committee
 Fur Seal
Fur Seal
Can I Bite You?
Can I Bite You?
Down Hill
Down Hill
Baby Fur Seal
Baby Fur Seal
Getting a Drink
Getting a Drink
Seals on the Beach
Seals on the Beach
Concentration
Concentration
Pretty
Pretty
Rocky  Beach
Rocky Beach
Resting
Resting
Are You Watching Us?
Are You Watching Us?
Fur Seal Fur
Fur Seal Fur
Bacteria Mouth
Bacteria Mouth
Scratching Baby
Scratching Baby
Bathing Beauty
Bathing Beauty
Just a Baby
Just a Baby
Girl Talk
Girl Talk
On the Move
On the Move
Five at Play
Five at Play
Can I Play, Too?
Can I Play, Too?
Defending Her Turf
Defending Her Turf
Seals in the Surf
Seals in the Surf
Day Dreamer
Day Dreamer
Don't Go
Don't Go
Antarctica Pond
Antarctica Pond
Female on the Move
Female on the Move
Sweet
"Sweet"
Upsidedown
Upsidedown
Fur Seals
Fur Seals
Lovely When Wet
Lovely When Wet
Get out of my way!
Get out of my way!
Water Babies
Water Babies
Sun and Swim
Sun and Swim
An Older Female
An Older Female
Playful
Playful
Waiting
Waiting
Torpedo
Torpedo
Mouthy
Mouthy
Doing the Back Stroke
Doing the Back Stroke
Land and Water
Land and Water
At  Play
At Play
Fur Seals
Fur Seals
What's Over There?
What's Over There?
Get Away!
Get Away!
Nimble
Nimble
Belly Up
Belly Up
Play Bites
Play Bites
Male
Male