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I have seen photos of this area, both at this time of year (the less busy time) and during Dec/Jan when you can't even see the ground because of the penguin density, but to actually experience this place is something else. To be bundled up against the cold, to smell the odors of the seals and penguins (not all unpleasant), and to hear the cacophony of king penguin trumpets and whistles (adults and oakum boys) and bull elephant seal calls.

When the kings call, they point their head and bill skyward and trumpet in a very odd voice; the oakum boys have more of a whistle as their instrument.

Top photo: King in the sun
Middle photo: Scenic kings
Bottom photo: Marilyn Monroe pose

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