The next morning we set off via Zodiac in search of an oyster bed on the northwestern portion of Byers Peninsula. While oysters indicate a marine setting, they are found in shallow waters, which have potential for terrestrial mammals.

We arrive at Rays Peninsula to an interesting smell … Antarctic Fur seals. These are quite different from true seals in that they can use their front legs to walk semi-upright, and they have external ears.

We hike about a kilometer in search of the oyster beds over some fairly steep terrain. No avail … again snow cover has not been nice. The views, however, are spectacular.

We have been on the windward side of the Antarctic Peninsula. In a few days, we will be on the leeward and, hopefully, drier and more ice-free side.