Our farewell to South Georgia was made at St Andrews Bay. The expedition team kept us on the edge of our seats waiting to find out whether we would be able to land (it was their first landing at this site), and we were very happy to get the go-ahead.
We weren’t the first to arrive, however: the boat in front of the Cook Glacier here was carrying a group of wildlife photographers, one fashion photographer, and one model. I don’t know how many layers she was wearing.
When they weren’t piled on top of our bags, they were piled on top of each other:
On this beach there were several bulls still in residence. Sexual dimorphism among Elephant Seals is extreme: the males can weigh up to four tonnes, approximately four times the size of the females, who have a lot to put up with:
Social life sometimes appeared bad-tempered:
Sometimes more relaxed:
A German tourist managed to find some penguins:
Some of the kings were courting:
Some were out on business:
The main difficulty in crossing was picking one’s way between the soulful seals:
The penguin and seal colonies support a whole range of predators and parasites, among whom skuas are prominent: