The historic Stromness Whaling Station, where Shackleton finally made contact with civilization after his epic journey from Elephant Island. With the winding down of whaling at the beginning of the 1960s it closed for good after the 1960-61 whaling season. In the decades following its closure, Stromness has been subject to damage from the elements and many of its buildings have been reduced to ruins. The defunct whaling station is out of bounds due to asbestos and flying sheet metal hazards, but recent efforts have been made to clean up debris from the site in order to make it safe for visitors.
Today the abandoned whaling station is a surreal site, like a ghost town taken over by Elephant Seals. Seals apparently, where not able to read 'no entry' sign and have staked out the beach and taken up positions all around the town, even moving inside some of the buildings and occupying the cemetery.
The softening evening light on the rusty hulks of the sheds and machinery provided interesting contrast with the rounded silhouettes of the elephant seals on the beach and group of Gentoo Penguins walking investigatory toward Stromness.