the Needles Islands
is the caldera of
an active volcano. It has been in use as a whaling station until the 1930's. The last major
eruption was in 1969, burying among others the local cemetery.
Presently several countries run a research stations
here. Small ships can sail into Port Foster
through the narrow and dangerous Neptune's Bellows
Tourists can visit the
remains of the old buildings and take a refreshing dip in one of the hotsprings.
On the cloudy morning of February 28 2008 we cruised counterclockwise past Deception Island.
We kept at a proper
distance to avoid any rocks below the waterline.
Unfortunately this kept us a bit too far out to get good pictures
of the penguins.
Deception Island. The penguins are on the long straight beach and up Mount Pont
in the morning we get a first good sight of Deception Island
Entrance Point to Fort Foster. Note the masts behind Penfold Point
a view into Fort Foster Bay
behind Baily Head we see the first penguins, on the beach but also high up on Mount Pont (upper left)
a blurry close-up of the penguins on the beach, note the sea elephants in the back
the brown blobs are the penguin colonies