A pleasant surprise were the Gentoo penguins. We had seen them before in Antarctica, but not with their babies. In
Antarctica, there was no grass, so their nests were made of stone like the Adeli and Chin Strap penguins. But at
Macquarie they have nests in the grass.
A white petral and some Skua enjoy a feast provided by a dead male elephant seal.
Above, left, pots used 100 years ago to boil whale blubber. Below, fences on research base on Macquarie to keep out
elephant seals. Male elephant seal on right has been branded for identification purposes.
Macquarie Island II
Male elephant seals are many times the size of a female elephant seal. They also must fight constantly for their harem.