Exploring Grytviken, South Georgia Island
The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean
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In Cooper Bay on South Georgia Island, a beach teeming with life comes into view as our zodiac approaches the shore.
Baby fur seals cavort near their mothers. Up the beach, two hulking elephant seals sleep off a meal, oblivious to a line of king penguins waddling up and down the trail to a rookery. Sea birds fly overhead intermittently, darting in and out of the waves looking for a meal.
In a nearby cove, kayakers paddle toward a rock for a closer view of the quirky-looking Macaroni penguin, with its orange and yellow eyebrows. I feel as if the ship took a wrong turn and ended up in the wildlife-abundant Serengeti.