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Skinning penguins on Elephant Island
The food supplies remaining from 'Endurance' were dangerously low, and the men’s chances of rescue extremely uncertain. The chief food source was the surrounding wildlife, but a diet rich in seal and penguin meat soon palled, and the men pined for carbohydrates. Food became the chief topic of conversation, with inspiration usually derived from a penny cookbook.