Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 19, 1916: “These are the days of the Adelies.“

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

“19 February. These are the days of the Adelies. There has been a perfect holocaust of them, over 300 killed today. In spite of snow and wind, we have been as busy as possible today rounding up the birds, which stand around in groups of 10 to 80, packing them on sledges, dragging in the sledges and skinning and gutting and cutting the rich meat off the carcass.

“At first one would look upon this as a most revolting jog; now one actually enjoys it and by practice becomes moderately expert. It takes about two minutes to remove the entrails only, seven to skin and dress the bird complete. The breast provides the bulk of the meat (2-1/2 lb-3 lb of actual meat per bird), and the legs too are excellent eating. The heart, liver, and kidneys are especially delicious.”

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