The Antarctica Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, located at the base of the Southern Hemisphere. Any visitor to the region has to endure the journey across the Drake Passage. These 600 miles of waterway separate the southernmost tip of South America from the Antarctic Peninsula. The voyage is often subject to violent cyclonic weather ensuring strong winds and rough seas. Calmer waters of the South Shetland Islands and the Peninsula are soon reached. The temperature for the area average ranges between +1 and +2 degrees centigrade in January and drops to -15 to -20 during the Antarctic winter. The grandeur and magnificence of glaciers, huge ice shelves and mountain ranges dominate. The wildlife is wonderful to behold and still unafraid of people.
The Antarctic Peninsula is dotted with numerous research stations. But scientists and other staff are there on only a temporary basis. No country can enforce a sovereign claim on the territory. The wildlife lives off food they find in the sea and include seabirds, seals and penguins. The penguins are chinstraps, adelies and gentoos. In fact Petermann Island holds the southernmost colony of gentoo penguins.
‘Penguin Paradise’ illustrates some of the most spectacular scenery that the Peninsula has to offer. It follows a January journey to just south of the Circle Line, visiting many of the islands and research stations. At this time of year, there is the added delight of seeing the penguins and their chicks.
Following on from other films in the series of the Southern Hemisphere notably The Falklands, South Georgia and a semi circumnavigation of Antarctica, the filming of the Peninsula region is just another reminder of the beauty of the area and the importance of safeguarding such a wonderful and stunning environment.
Running time is approximately 45 minutes.
Tags: Antarctica, The Antarctic Peninsula