02.03.2012 - 02.03.2012 2 °C
What a day is all I can say. Shortly after departure we learnt that 7 short blasts and 1 long is not a good thing and as I donned my lifejacket by the lifeboat I realised I’d left the hip flask down below - such a school boy error! Amongst all the confusion Leigh pops up beside me out of nowhere with a glass of champagne and declares all is well - apparently it was only a demonstration....as you can imagine I was livid.......where was my champagne!!!!
In all honesty I’ve probably experienced enough ‘shags’ today to see me through to retirement! For those of you in the know shags are cormorants (birds) and for those of you not...please kindly remove your head from the gutter! Our trip along the Beagle Channel earlier could only be described as a cornucopia of wildlife with birds, seals and endangered Sei whales galore. We haven’t left on our Antarctic expedition yet and already the wildlife count is underway. Following quite a pleasant morning we stopped off at Harbington Estancian (estb byThomas Bridges) the earliest European settlement here in Tierra del Fuego (bottom of the world) for a look around the farm and museum. We were fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the working laboratory which has one of the largest sea mammal skeleton (2,700) collections in the world. As our resident marine biologist put it, to some they might be just bones but to him they were a treasure trove of secrets....to me though they were bones and quite smelly at that too due to the stripping/putridfication process going on!