News from the Natural World: German tourist has beaten the crowds and already laid his beach towel down in Antarctica after the hottest day on record.
Helmut Meltin, an avid german traveler and beach aficionado has stunned the tourism world. He is the first person to reserve his place, through the traditional early laying of a beach towel, on Antartica’s premier beach. On February 9th 2020, Antartica had just experienced its single hottest day ever recorded. Temperatures hit a record high of 69.35 degrees Fahrenheit (20.75 degrees Celsius). This was an unprecedented record for the region and prompted Helmut into action;
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew that now was the time for action. If I didn’t go immediately I wouldn’t get place and I’d be stuck by the loos or a spot with no shade!”
Helmut sprung into action and booked his flights to Ushuaia in Argentina. He then boarded a long-distance ship transporting research scientists to an Antarctic Scientific Centre. He was heading for one of Antarctica’s top beaches on Cuverville Island. The beach is also home to the largest Gentoo penguin colony on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was covered in ice and edged by rocky outcrops under mossy cliffs. Helmut knew he’d made the right decision as soon as he arrived. He was the first one there and he picked out a prime position. Once he kicked a few penguins out of the way he settled down with a smug sense of deserved satisfaction.
“It’s such a wonderful feeling to be the first one here but I know I won’t be the last, I’m sure the hordes will arrive at any moment.”