The first afternoon in Antarctica, we circumnavigated Enterprise Island (about 7 nautical miles). The island was a center of whaling a century ago, and we stopped here and there to examine various relics of that era.
We passed dozens of Antarctic Fur Seals (Arctocephalus gazella) while paddling around Enterprise Island. Note the huge front flipper: fur seals swim with a breast stroke. Many other seals use their hind flippers. This cute little tyke is lucky I didn't turn him into a fur coat ;-)
On 23 Feb, we motored from Enterprise Island to Selvick Cove, at the north end of Errera Channel. To launch the kayaks, you lower them over the railing, pull them to the stern, and then get in from the transom.
We soon came to Cuverville Island, which is the home to about 6,500 gentoo penguins. The reddish stuff they're standing on is not dirt, it's centuries of accumulated penguin poop. You can't describe the aroma of penguin colonies.
This video by Mark Corti shows how penguins (at least gentoos) leap completely out of the water as they swim along. We saw this behavior every time we saw penguins, but I've never see it on a TV nature show.
We found this spot for lunch on Ronge Island, which forms the west side of Errera Channel. It was not high enough above the water to be a safe campsite because large waves from calving icebergs can easily sweep over these low rocks.
After leaving the south end of Errera Channel we did a 4 mile crossing of Andvord Bay to reach Paradise Harbour. This is a potentially dangerous crossing because it has a long fetch if the wind is out of the northwest. However, we had light winds and almost no waves.