Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 1, 1916: Fresh fish

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 1, 1916: Fresh fish

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—

“Yesterday we had some fresh fish for lunch, the pick of about 60 undigested fish found in the stomach of the Sea Leopard shot on Thursday—white sweet flesh and very agreeable.”

Thomas Orde Lees adds some piquant details: “No April Fools, we are taking life a bit too seriously just now. When cutting up the sea leopard, we found his stomach full of fish, about 60 altogether, averaging ¼ lb each. There was also, as usual, a bunch of parasitic worms, but they were more or less apart from the fish. Crean and Marston, who were doing the cutting up, said nothing about them, and so the fish were deemed acceptable food for us and we had them today—a very welcome change in our diet.”

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