Posts Tagged ‘iceberg’

The Largest Iceberg Yet

February 14th, 2010 at 12:15 am (AST) by Jake Richter

After a short for some hot tea, we spotted an iceberg in the distance. We kept heading for it, but it did not seem to get any bigger. Finally it did increase in size, and we discovered that it was massive, at least in comparison to the other two icebergs we had seen up close so far during the day.

Bas observes the largest iceberg we've seen so far

Bas observes the largest iceberg we've seen so far

Up close, the iceberg's rough side, a couple hundred feet tall, is daunting

Up close, the iceberg's rough side, a couple hundred feet tall, is daunting

A southern fulmar nearly collides with me - but note the striations in the iceberg in the background - those indicate successive snow falls

A southern fulmar nearly collides with me - but note the striations in the iceberg in the background - those indicate successive snow falls

The iceberg was massive above water, but you can see it reflect turquoise light below water too - it's even more massive under the water line

The iceberg was massive above water, but you can see it reflect turquoise light below water too - it's even more massive under the water line

The obligatory sunset shot, but of an iceberg (and it's not really sunset yet either)

The obligatory sunset shot, but of an iceberg (and it's not really sunset yet either)

 

Iceberg with Chinstrap Penguins

February 13th, 2010 at 11:40 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

As we approached the second iceberg of the day, we discovered it had a colony of chinstrap penguins on it. The boat’s motor intimidated them a bit and caused them to waddle further inland.

Our second iceberg turned out to have a group of chinstrap penguins on top of it - look for the tiny black specks

Our second iceberg turned out to have a group of chinstrap penguins on top of it - look for the tiny black specks

We saw some of the chinstrap penguins near the edge, and hoped they would jump - they didn't, alas

We saw some of the chinstrap penguins near the edge, and hoped they would jump - they didn't, alas

After we finished our circuit of the iceberg, we heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a large piece break off an fall into the water.

Part of the iceberg calved with a loud gunshot-like sound and fell into the water

Part of the iceberg calved with a loud gunshot-like sound and fell into the water