“That sure is a mean-looking contraption you got parked outside!” the cook added. “Is that what you’re digging through to China with?”

“Not exactly.” Tom grinned. “That’s only my experimental model. The blaster we take down to the South Pole will be somewhat different.”

“How different?”

“Well, look at these drawings. Instead of those digging devices you see sticking out the front end of our experimental model, the new one will have four electrodes spaced around the nose and a long guide vane sticking right out of the center.”






Antarctic Animals – Endangered


Common Name Scientific Name Family Status
Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis Balaenidae Endangered
Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis Balaenopteridae Vulnerable
Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus Balaenopteridae Endangered
Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus Balaenopteridae Vulnerable
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae Balaenopteridae Vulnerable
Amsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis Diomedeidae Endangered
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena Diomedeidae Endangered
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Gibson’s Albatross Diomedea gibsoni Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi Diomedeidae Endangered
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita Diomedeidae Endangered
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Pacific Albatross Thalassarche nov. sp. Diomedeidae Vulnerable
Salvin’s Albatross Thalassarche salvini Diomedeidae Vulnerable
White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi Diomedeidae Vulnerable
White-bellied Storm Petrel (Tasman Sea)
White-bellied Storm-Petrel (Australasian)
Fregetta grallaria grallaria Hydrobatidae Vulnerable
Antarctic Tern (Indian Ocean) Sterna vittata vittata Laridae Endangered
Subantarctic Fur Seal Arctocephalus tropicalis Otariidae Vulnerable
Imperial Shag (Heard Island) Leucocarbo atriceps nivalis Phalacrocoracidae Vulnerable
Imperial Shag (Macquarie Island) Leucocarbo atriceps purpurascens Phalacrocoracidae Vulnerable
Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina Phocidae Vulnerable
Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea Procellariidae Vulnerable
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus Procellariidae Endangered
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli Procellariidae Vulnerable
Gould’s Petrel Pterodroma leucoptera Procellariidae Endangered
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis Procellariidae Vulnerable
Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta Procellariidae Vulnerable
Abbott’s Booby Papasula abbotti Sulidae Vulnerabl



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Douglas Stewart’s poem, “Worsley Enchanted” uses a similar device. Stewart reverses the lens through which Heroic-Era narratives are usually told, relating the crushing of the “Endurance” through which the voice of nine Emperor penguins (Frank Worsley, captain of the ship, had actually observed a group of penguins standing by and making dirge-like cries):

Oh, there was broken wood

There were weeds of iron and rope

The log that was bigger than a tree

Crashed on the frozen sea

And the tall dark penguins stood

And stared at the ice without hope

Said the nine Emperor penguins”

(E.Leane, “Antarctica in Fiction – Imaginative Narratives of the Far South” 2012)