The remote British island of South Georgia is on the edge of the Antarctic Ocean. In the first half of the 20th century it was the centre of the global whaling industry. A number of abandoned whaling stations remain there, off-limits to visitors due to their dilapidated state and huge amounts of asbestos. We were given special access for the filming of Britain's Whale Hunters.
Leith Harbour whaling station on South Georgia was established by a British whaling company in 1909, and operated until the 1960s. Itwas the biggest whaling station in the world at its peak, housing hundreds of workers on the edge of the Antarctic Ocean and servicing a huge fleet of whaling ships
A stream erodes away a deep mound of whale bones and detritus at Leith Harbour
Every winter the whaling ships were repaired and provisioned at Leith Harbour
Thousands of barrels of whale oil were extracted, processed, stored and shipped from South Georgia over six decades - mostly destined for soap and margarine
Steam-powered saw for cutting through whale bones
Frozen whale meat was a later innovation on South Georgia
Office, Leith Harbour - the whaling industry was a fastidiously organised enterprise
Tally, presumably the number of barrels of whale oil produced at Leith Harbour
A worker's bunk with pinups
Today the whaling stations are over-run by fur seals in the summer. Their vicious fights for territory can be fatal.
A reindeer that had entangled itself in a rope and starved to death. Reindeer were introduced by the whalers for food, and were eradicated from South Georgia in the last few years to protect native wildlife.
In spring, aggressive bull fur seals are the first to colonise the whaling station, staking out their territories
A king penguin walks past the manager's villa
Elephant seal in one of the oldest buildings at Leith Harbour
South Georgia Shags nesting on a jetty
King penguins on the outskirts of Husvik whaling station