Our first encounter with Adelie Penguins was at Cape Adere, the West entrance to the Ross Sea.
Unlike Emperors who raise their young on ice, Adelie Penguins raise their young on land. When we arrived at Cape
Adere we were confronted with the sight of a colony of over a half million Adelie penguins. The ice was too
treacherous to cross, so our first encounter with the Adelie was by zodiac.
Every speck in the picture above is an Adele Penguin. Our visit to this colony was unusual in that
many penguins were in the water playing and cleaning themselves. Because they live so close on
land and have no wash basins and toilets, they can get quite dirty.