About 20km form the base was an Emperor Penguin colony consisting of
thousands of birds. This was a popular destination for day trips and weekends.
They are really quite amazing animals. You could lie down on the sea ice and
they would actually walk up to you to have a look. This is probably down to
their short sightedness and the fact that they seem to think that anything that
isn't white must be an Emperor penguin. They shuffle over for a look, eventually
decide that you are not a penguin and then shuffle off. With several thousands
birds there, another one soon shuffles over for alook. I could sit there all day
long, quite content just to watch them do their penguiny things.