Sunday, a day of rest....and exploring a little. I went over to Crazy Laboratory for their weekly tour of what's going on in the wonderful world of science. Its a huge 3 tiered lab set up for all the science teams to work in before, during and after their field work is complete. It's a very impressive set up according to the folks working in there. At a glance I'd have to agree.
|Our tour guide, one of the lab supervisors|
|Smile! Who knew those cute little seals had chompers like this!|
|Meteorites--the continent is full of them. Easy to spot too as big black rocks on white ice.|
|Sea urchin hanging out as part of an ocean acidifacation study|
|No sea urchins were harmed during the production of this blog...|
|A starfish and his sea spider friend hamming it up for the camera|
|I think I ate 6-7 of his beer-battered cousins for dinner tonight|
So after the Crary Lab tour I hiked out to Hut Point to check out some critters that poked up through a crack in the ice. A couple of HUGE Weddell Seals that decided to come up and sun themselves for the afternoon.
These guys are probably 10 feet long each and probably 1000 lbs each.
|Catching some rays on the sea ice of Mcmurdo Sound|
|One of the many memorial crosses of Ross Island|
|Greetings from the Ross Ice Shelf!|
|Skiing past the ramp area of the Sea Ice runway (NZIR) at Mcmurdo along with LC-130, Basler and Twin Otter aircraft|