|Weddell seals lounging on a frozen lake in Telefon Bay, Deception Island|
|Chinstrap penguins coming ashore on Deception Island|
After spending a few hours hiking around Telefon Bay, we sailed a short distance into Whalers Bay. Known as one of the safest harbors in the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island was first used by sealers in the early 19th century. In 1906 a large whaling operation was started by a Norweigan-Chilean group in what is now know as Whalers Bay in Deception Island. By 1914 Whalers Bay was home to 13 whaling factory ships. The purpose of these stations was to process the whale carcasses and boil them down for whale oil in large metal tanks which still stand on the beach in Whalers Bay today. Although abandoned in 1931 after a massive drop in whale oil prices, many of the structures and buildings used by whalers are still standing.
|The geothermal activity on this island often generates steam along the coast.|
This photo shows parts of a whaling tank and guests walking along the beach in Whalers Bay.
|A few of the remaining structures from the whaling station.|
Deception Island was the last landing of this voyage. This evening we will begin the long journey north through the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia, Argentina. It was been a wonderful trip, on a great ship, with a fantastic staff and crew.