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    South Georgia Island

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JPozniak, of New York, shot these photos when he visited the South Georgia Island in December 2010. 'I think the coolest part was when you're approaching the island, you've sailed for about three days through very choppy water and you're exhausted and seasick and you see these giant mountains in the horizon and you take your binoculars and you see these little black and white specks. That's when it hits you. You realize you're in the middle of nowhere. And having that kind of wildlife experience is something you can't get from a zoo or a book or anything,' he says.
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    One of the most remote islands in the world, South Georgia is synonymous with 3 things: Shackleton, Penguins, and Seasickness. A 3 day sail through 30 foot waves from South America, led us to the world's largest breeding ground of King Penguins and Earnest Shackleton's final resting place. It's an untouched natural paradise of penguins, seals, and birds, and we were happy to arrive in the capital and former whaling station of Grytviken (population: 18) on Christmas morning.
    We celebrated mass in the old whalers church (even us non religious types couldn't pass up the literally once in a lifetime experience), hiked up to an elevated lake in the mountains, and spent the next few days sailing and exploring the bays, fjords, and of course more penguin rookeries, around the island. For us it defined the word remote and gave us a glimpse of mother nature most people don't get to see.
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