Thursday, December 1, 2011
Yesterday [since I DIDN'T fly to Byrd] I took the shuttle over to the New Zealand base, then walked back on the ice. It was a lovely 3 mile walk along a well marked trail. Along the way, I ran into several of the local seals that were traveling across the sea ice. They 'maintain' their air holes by biting away at the edges.
Usually they don't move very much or often [hard to tell if they are dead or not], but one was making pretty good progress across the ice and I was able to get the below video. It was much closer and more exciting than the video lets on though.