In 1907, Deception Island in Antarctica became the home of the world’s southernmost whaling station. Like Ahab battling Moby Dick, the whalers ventured out in small wooden rowboats, among towering icebergs and the giant waves of the world’s most tempestuous ocean.
The island’s name is synonymous to the fate of many whalers: deceived by their own voracity and the lure of a distant bounty; they died in grueling conditions, far away from home. The oxidizing pressure cookers and bleached bones that litter the beaches, are the monuments the whaler’s set to themselves.
Their legacy is the decimation of an entire whale and seal population, which has never recovered from this onslaught.