On February 27th, I did a CTD watch from 11 pm to 3 am. When waking up for lunch on the 28th, I got a first surprise on the white board near the mess :
En français s'il vous plaît !
Then at the end of the dinner, I got a second surprise : a birthday cake, made by the Halley cook !
Since reaching 30 years old is like a new birth, I got only 2 candles, like my daughter Margot.
I also got a red wine bottle from John, and opened the sparkling wine bottle I won at a game a week earlier. It was a very lively party this night, and definitively the most original place where I have ever celebrated my birthday !
Now it is my turn to make presents : below are a few pictures of icebergs and penguins taken over the past few days.
The one below looks like a giant puzzle :
During a CTD station, a Macaroni penguin swam next to the ship :
When dry, they have nice yellow crests over their eyes, but when wet the crests are pushed against their feathers on their head.
A chin-strap penguin also joined in :
And dived in search of food :
This is when we can really realize that penguins are birds, but flying under water rather than in the air :