Snow Petrels

Snow Petrel by Roberto Pujana

Snow Petrel by Roberto Pujana, 2005

“A number of snow petrels have settled on the beach, nestling down into the snow. This is so unusual that it must foretell some change in the weather, we think, very likely, a blizzard. They are very tame. I killed one with a stick, cooked and ate it, and finding it eatable, others went out and did likewise, but we are all a little ashamed of destroying such beautiful creatures to satisfy our greediness, though why their beauty should exempt them I don’t know. They may have horrid dispositions for all we know.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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