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King Edward Point Diary — February 2002

Ships pay us a visit

King Edward Point Diary

Mark Belchier at KEP - Click to enlarge

The science manager, Mark Belchier, visited K.E.P. during February to see how the science is progressing and to pass on some techniques to the science team. February was a good month for fishing, with catches of large marbled rock cod from the deep water trammel nets and fine weather which allowed fishing during most weeks.


This image shows a marbled rock cod, Notothenia rossii being removed from the trammel net.

Marbled Rock Cod - Click to enlarge

Medical Facility at King Edward Point - Click to enlarge

The building work continued apace and it was an historical moment when the old medical center, Quigleys, was pulled down and the new center was opened in Larson House. This epitomises the synthesis of the ancient and modern that has overtaken King Edward Point.


The continued good weather has resulted in a host of weekend camping and walking trips. Many of the station residents, Morrisons builders and Tim and Pauline Carr have been involved in making the most of what is left of summer. Early season snow is more and more in evidence.

Enjoying a walk - Click to enlarge

Gareth on RFA Grey Rover - Click to enlarge

We were lucky enough to be visited by two royal naval ships, HMS Leeds Castle and HMS Montrose, and RFA Grey Rover. They brought mail, a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables and they offered places for base members to go on trips to other parts of the Island. The picture shows Gareth in Drygalski Fjord on RFA Grey Rover.


Wildlife at King Edward Point continues to flourish. The light mantled sooty albatross chicks continue to grow and get fluffier by the day.

Albatross Chick - Click to enlarge