Killer whales are instantly recognizable and live in all the world’s oceans, but relatively little is known about their habits in the wild, especially in remote locations such as Antarctica. Scientists Dr. Bob Pitman and Dr. John Durban have been supported by the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund since 2011, to facilitate their ongoing killer whale research in Antarctica.
A video shot by the Central California Coast Divers at Souza Rock shows a couple divers having a rather too-close encounter with some feeding humpback whales. So far over 5 million people have watched it on YouTube (be warned that there’s a bit of unsavory language).
Many of our guests in Alaska have witnessed this whale behavior (from the safety of our expedition ships). It’s called bubblenet feeding—and in the above video one of our guests explains it.
Congratulations to National Geographic photographers and filmmakers David Wright and Cotton Coulson for an Emmy nomination on a series they contributed to, Untamed Americas. The episode they helped shoot featured battling bighorn sheep in Canada’s Jasper National Park, where they waited for hours in -30°F weather to get the footage. The Emmy nomination is for Outstanding Cinematography.
This September we look forward to welcoming David and Cotton aboard National Geographic Explorer for our Epic South America expedition. It will be the first time we offer an unprecedented video workshop—in one of the wildest and most cinematic places on the planet. The in-depth workshop will be limited to 25 guests interested in shooting, editing, and producing their own highly personal documentary film. If you’re interested in attending the on-board workshop contact an expedition specialist to reserve you place. 1.800.EXPEDITION (1.800.397.3348).
Each year the gray whales migrate from their feeding grounds in the north to their nursery lagoons on the Pacific side of the Baja California where they rear their young—a time when most species exhibit a high degree of protectiveness. In the 30+ years we’ve been leading Baja California expeditions, we’ve found the opposite: mother whales show a great deal of curiosity around us, and a willingness to let their playful calves approach us. While these encounters don’t happen all the time, they do happen a lot in Magdalena Bay during the right time of year.
Sven Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Expeditions, shared the video with this note:
There are many things I love in life—being a father, exuberant nature, and moments of pure joy.
My 13-year old son, Eric, filmed this encounter in March with his Christmas present—a GoPro.
I believe lots of people would enjoy this. Feel free to share.
Shawn Heinrichs, the photographer in Sri Lanka, took the bold step of suiting up to dive with the orcas attacking the sperm whale. As no humans have ever observed this kind of behavior up close, he was relying mostly on faith for his safety.
Spend a day with our guests on Santa Cruz Island in Galápagos and see not just the strange and beautiful wildlife, but the way some residents choose to make a live: sustainable farming in the highlands. We visit a farm that produces sugar cane in the old-fashioned method, plus shade-grown coffee, and a Galápagos liquor made from fermented and distilled sugar cane juice.
This year National Geographic photographer filmmakers Cotton Coulson and David Wright will be conducting video workshops aboard National Geographic Explorer during our Epic South America expedition and the Nov 7, 2013 Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands expedition.
They’ve created a series of gear-up videos to helps guests get a head start on preparing to shoot and produce their own nature documentaries, you can find them on Cotton Coulson’s Vimeo page. And you’ll find tutorials, tips, and equipment reviews on their new website, Expedition Workshops.
National Geographic photographer and filmmaker James Balog has recently been on NPR, given a TED talk, and spoken to several news outlets about his film Chasing Ice. Last month he joined us aboard National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica, where we screened his film and he spoke with guests. And this summer, though Balog won’t be aboard, Explorer will venture to Ilulissat glacier—where his crew filmed the largest glacial calving event ever recorded.
There is limited space aboard to join us on the expedition, Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador.
The host of the PBS travel series Music Voyager and founder of the record label Cumbancha, Jacob Edgar was profiled in the latest Afar magazine. Jacob travels the globe, seeking out unique, moving music to sign to his label and share with the world. Last year he traveled up the entire coast of West Africa with us aboard National Geographic Explorer, visiting the dazzling markets of the coastal cities always on the hunt for the new, intriguing music. Our video chronicler joined him as he visited the market in Dakar to see what locals were listening to, buying, and selling.
And next year, Jacob will join us again aboard National Geographic Explorer lending his unique expertise to our guests on two epic voyages: Exploring Africa’s West Coast in March, and again on our Epic South America expedition in September 2013.
On a wind-whipped day in Visby, Sweden our guests aboard National Geographic Explorer took a bike ride outside of the city, through the woods, and along the coast to the sheer limestone cliffs looking out along the west side of Gotland. The cultural expedition visits all nine countries that boarder the Baltic Sea. And next year’s expedition among all countries bordering the Baltic Sea will prove to be even more epic in scope. A single departure, it is a circumnavigation over 16 days.