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We were informed from our naturalists that this Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) is starting its catastrophic molt. rn rnWe boarded the Zodiac for our ride from the MV Corinthian to Barrientos Island an island located within the Aitcho chain of the South Shetland Islands. This is our first first landing on our Antarctica White Wilderness Cruise. rnrnI was warned by a friend who has been to Antarctica that you need to use something to block the strong aroma of penguins. She suggested Ben Gay. I brought Tiger Balm, however I forgot to apply it prior to leaving the ship since we were informed at the last minute we would be making a landing today since we made great time crossing the Drake Passage. Once we approached the island the aroma was very strong! I eventually I got used to it.rnrnWe saw the following wildlife: Chinstrap penguins, Gentoo penguins, Brown Skua, Giant Petrels, Kelp Gulls and Southern Elephant seals.

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