The Antarctic Peninsula
First stop: Half Moon Island

The Antarctic peninsula juts out into the Southern Ocean. A paleontologist aboard the Explorer told us that, way back when South American joined Antarctica, the "join" is what is now South Georgia. When the continents moved apart, both the tip of South America and the Antarctic peninsula were pulled to the east, and South Georgia went farther away to the east as well! Thanks, Scotia plate!

We made landfall in Antarctica in Half Moon Island in the South Shetland Island group.

 

We were greeted by old whaling boats and
chin-strap penguins. Penguins and fur seals were everywhere.