April 2017 Part 1 Antarctica: Weddell seals - points of interest


It could very well be just something like this…

I just googled “Antarctica aerial view” and looked through “images” , so I’m saying it is the Concordia station, just something along those lines :slight_smile:


I found some bright blood red lines (and thick) on one side of what appears to be a mountain top jutting up through the ice. The red line runs nearly the entire length of the side of the rock where it meets the ice. There is another red line near the center of the rock, nowhere near the ice. Very bright red and with fairly defined edges. Weird! Here’s the link to the “bottom” of the line. Follow it up for a few tiles. When it ends, move to the left one or two tiles and you’ll see another nearly perfect line on the rocks. At first I thought “blood,” but there’s way too much! My other thought was a red algae, but then why would there be some near the center of the rock/mountain peak?

Here’s the next set of tile up: http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/antarctica_pilot_2/map/10j5xky1l

And finally, here’s the red line on the rock/Mt. top: http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/antarctica_pilot_2/map/10j5xky1m

Edited: Here’s the second rock zoomed out. Looks like a giant club. :slight_smile:

Edited: I found a 3rd rock with red. Notice the red is only on the right side of the rocks/mounts.

And a 4th rock (at the top of the map). http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/antarctica_pilot_2/map/10j5x18y1u

This last one has red on the snow, away from the rocks.



I found a shelter along a snowmobile trail. I first noticed the trail as I began the map at the bottom. I followed the trail up the map, past the shelter, found a few side trails - with one heading over to the side of a rock mound (with red on the right side again - observing?) - and before the tracks head off the upper part of the map, they seem to go around a rock. However, either there is something in front of the rock or it’s just an anomaly.
Here’s the link to the shelter: http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/antarctica_pilot_2/map/10j5xmy17


OK, I must be getting tired… but every campaign has to have its own UFOs! Once I got overtired, my imagination kicked into high gear and here’s the result! Two UFOs that collided and crashed. One lost its dome - found upper right. Time for bed. Good night! :sleeping:



Lovely UFO shots. I found a lovely purple patch earlier, but failed to get a clip of it. No clue what would cause purple. Red and green, algae, no doubt, as not much else grow there, even in summer. Maybe the odd lichen or two, but only showing in summer.




I saw something about that last week, but what they showed was a red waterfalls flowing from the edge of a white glacier. I didn’t have time to watch the video (dinnertime) and forgot about it after the granddaughters had their baths and went to bed. I’ll have to go back and check it out… maybe post the link to it here.

I assume it has to be red algae that bloomed during a thaw cycle and is flowing across the ice. The girls are quietly playing in their new playroom, so here goes - I’ll watch this video! Thank you, Claus.


I found the beginning of a red algae bloom in the snow around a large rocky area. To the right of the rock the algae is in “waves” with the snow drifts. To the left of the rock appears to be a pond of water with a light ice coating. The algae looks pink instead of red at this stage.





Is this a polar bear? It appears to be walking down and toward the right, with its shadow to its lower left (as all the shadows are).
Polar Bear?


Nah, that’s ARCTIC, not ANTARCTIC.


I realized that after I posted it, but I was heading to bed. When you stare at something and you swear it’s moving, it’s time to rest the old eyes. :laughing: Whatever it is (giant snowball?), it casts a decent shadow and it’s the only object around. Everything else is fairly smooth in all directions.


Okay, we’ve had UFOs. Now it’s time for 3 figures and a rock owl. :grin:

And the day has only just begun! :slight_smile:


Here’s an optical illusion that makes it appear there are trees at the base of a mountain. Another illusion is that of a snowmobile or skier leaving a trail of flying powdered snow!
Optical illusion


Looks like an airplane wing! This is actual image…no zoom.

In a zoom, on the left side it sort of looks like a bunch of brown stuff…seals?


Looks like Captain Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus, sitting on the ice. :wink:



gigundish iceberg, possible Weddell off the left side. have to examine carefully as some look to be snow/ice artifacts. note the 100 meter scale at bottom of “airplane wing”. That’s one heck of a giant airplane.


What looks like Weddell seals is most probably “dirty ice” or rocks sticking up through the ice and snow. While most seals will travel in the same direction, you’ll usually find a few facing a different direction - at a 45 degree or 90 degree angle to the rest of them. They usually hang around a crack in the ice - for them to make it back to sea. If you don’t see anywhere fairly close by that affords access to the sea, it’s most likely “dirty ice.”