Vitamin D-ficiency

It’s been quite dark for around four weeks now and during midday we barely have enough light to film for 2 hours – even with our specialized low light camera and ISO 10000. We did have a great run two weeks before polar night began, with many clear and incredibly cold days, but the most beautiful light one could imagine. We got great footage and really used every minute outside to the fullest. Coming back inside however, we could all feel that the short days, the lack of sunlight and the physical aspects of our work are taking their toll on us.

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We won’t stop filming

It’s so great to be back on the sea ice. We reckon, that there are still around 7000 emperor penguins in the colony at the moment and as you can imagine, they make quite a bit of noise (and also smell quite a bit as well if the wind blows their scent into your direction). It’s a marvelous spectacle to watch. The way the colony is set up is, that usually you have a few paired up birds in the periphery and it’s quite hard to predict what they’re up to.

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Life is a rollercoaster

It’s white. Everywhere – the ground, the sky, just everything. It’s been blowing snow for almost five days straight now and talking to our meteorologist, things do not seem like they are going to improve in the coming three days. A feeling of helplessness takes a hold of me and the fear, that we might miss out on a crucial bit of behavior for the first time. I tend to get nervous in such cases when maybe I should just be laid back and cool about it. But let me begin from the start.

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