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Behavior, expectations vs reality

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Behavior, expectations vs reality

I've been reading as much as I can, and one constant theme is not to touch the animals and to stay a certain distance from them (although it's fine if they come to you) and obviously neither leave nor remove anything from the continent.

wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/…

A few excerpts:

"One of my goals was to poke a penguin..."

"They adamantly tell you not to take rocks because if all 37,000 people that visit every year (and growing) took rocks there we would destroy the continent. I of course took rocks but I got something even better..."

Do people generally thumb their noses about the rules when visiting Antarctica, or is this an exception?

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1. Re: Behavior, expectations vs reality

I shudder at the very thought and believe physical violence is appropriate towards those kind of people.

I know Peter who posts from the Falklands has witnessed passengers throwing rocks at penguins to "make the face the camera" or something - and genuinely believed their was nothing wrong with their behaviour.

We had a large group of very wealthy chinese travellers on the last trip who were banned from landings for 2 days in a row until their behaviour improved so yes - expedition leaders can make that decision.

For the most part you are travelling with with a group of people who have something in common (lets not count the wealthy list tickers in that group) and that is an appreciation of the environment they are visiting. So yes - for the most part everyone obeys the rules - which are drummed in throughout the voyage. Those that do not are looked down upon by all other passengers and the EL's take swift action.

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2. Re: Behavior, expectations vs reality

scuse my typos - I shouldnt type on the phone before putting my contacts in !

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3. Re: Behavior, expectations vs reality

The rules are enforced. Otherwise, the company risk being fined or banned. It would be easy for someone to report such behaviour or film it.

And yes, I had one woman throw a stone at penguins to make them stand up for a "better" photo. They all ran into the sea, and she was not popular with her fellow passengers....

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