Our third day of passage to South Georgia began with low, overcast
skies and dribbles of rain. A strong breeze from the south churned the surface of
the sea into relatively small swells and cresting waves. A few albatrosses and
assorted species of petrels appeared to enjoy the constant wind. Good speed
over the last two days allowed us to alter course in order to pass by the only
islet along the route west of the South Georgia archipelago. Shag Rocks are
chunks of continental material left over from the formation of the Scotia Arc
island chains. As we approached, seabirds increased in numbers and diversity.
Many of us watched the scenery and took photographs from the back deck or other
observation areas in the protection and comfort of the ship.
After passing Shag Rocks, the bridge set a straight course for the western end of South Georgia onward. During the afternoon, the series of presentations continued with the ship's staff giving us information about various aspects of what to expect during our time in South Georgia.