Friday, 25 November 2011
It was an incredibly messy and funny time, especially seeing Fiona’s face in absolute disgust when kissing the fish (she’s not a fan of seafood, putting it lightly). The ceremony was followed by cold showers (cheers to the ship’s crew for cutting off the hot water) and a barbeque and beers on the trawl deck. This was during a day that we were held fast in the ice, and barely moved an inch.
Wildlife increased greatly as we approached Davis, with many penguins and seals making use of the large swathe of open water we opened up for them through the fast ice. Ice breaking was a very slow process, much back and forward especially when we got within sight of the station – the ice was up to 1.7 m thick! The final five miles took more than 24 hours to complete, but finally the gangplank was lowered and we walked ~ 3 km into station where the winterers eagerly awaited the arrival of fresh fruit and new faces to talk to.