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At sea to Borneo

“Orangutans are on the verge of extinction. An expedition on National Geographic Orion increases awareness of this issue. By choosing to travel with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to the island of Borneo, guests are making a statement to the Indonesian Government as well as the Indonesian public that orangutans are important to the world.” - Dr. Read More>

May 26, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Le Conte Bay & Petersburg

Cerulean bits of ice bobbed in the placid galactoid waters of Le Conte Bay. The unseen terminal moraine of Le Conte glacier, a line of rock and debris exposed only at low tide, hemmed in the largest bergs and kept them from entering into Frederick Sound. With time these bergs will fracture, roll, melt, and become ever smaller until their bergie bits can be floated up and over this nature-made iceberg corral.  We explored, photographed, admired and absorbed the wonders presented on this calm, overcast morning as we cruised amongst the field of icebergs. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror

Our day began amidst the glory of the sheer, glacial carved walls of the Endicott Arm – a landmark experience of Southeast Alaska. Navigating through the fjord, we quickly lost count of the waterfalls as they passed us by. Continuing on to our destination, we reached the Dawes Glacier to witness the snaking ice that rose nearly two hundred feet out of the water at its face, only to continue on to disappear into the high mountains. Taking a brief reprieve for lunch, we set off again in our Zodiacs to explore the aptly named Ford’s Terror inlet. Lucky for us, we were not subjected to the breaking waves that the original explorers had to endure. Rather, we were treated to sweeping views of the landscape, as well as sightings of bald eagles and a mink rummaging within the mussels, exposed by the dropping tide. Leaving the walls of the fjord, we set out in search of wildlife and were quickly rewarded by a lone Brown Bear, soon followed by a sow and her cub. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

At sea, to Bali

“Partir, c’est mourir un peu,” said Edmond Haraucourt, to part means to die a little… There is a special kind of nostalgia onboard today, and every last moment is savored, the last breakfast together, the last yoga session, the last presentation, the last sunset. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Española Island

Our Galapagos exploration brought us today to one of the most iconic islands in the archipelago: Española.  The first activity in the morning was to a deep water snorkeling excursion in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.  Once we got into the water, an underwater paradise was revealed to our eyes.  Juvenile Galapagos sea lions were seen all over the rocky reefs, and the color combination of different reef fish species was incredible, like being in a natural aquarium.  After our snorkeling activity, we took the opportunity of visiting one of the most magical beaches of the area, found at Gardner Bay. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Nordfjord & Træna

Today we visited a beautiful fjord halfway up the coast of Norway called Nordfjord. At the end of the fjord is a beautiful example of a glacially formed U-shaped valley. The head of the fjord afforded a perfect setting for our morning activities, which included a walk through the birch woodlands as well as a scramble up a talus slope, photo walks on a small beach, and kayaking in the calm waters of the fjord. We also took Zodiac cruises down the fjord to get a closer look at the magnificent banded gneiss of the nearly vertical walls of the fjord. These rocks represent the roots of a gigantic mountain range formed 420 million years ago when Greenland collided with Western Europe. This mountain range was probably similar in height and majesty to the Himalayas today, but most of it has now been removed by erosion exposing the roots. As we made our way out of the fjord we passed a beautiful waterfall and the captain stopped the ship to give us a close-up view. We continued out of the fjord and into the islands of the coast and, in the evening, we stopped at a lovely small fishing village called Træna, which sits exactly on the Arctic Circle. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Iricahua Caño and Puerto Miguel

Today is the last full day of our expedition in the Peruvian Upper Amazon and we have several activities and choices. Before breakfast, we take advantage of the early hours of the day by exploring Iricahua Caño by skiffs. We had many rewards from the very beginning, we spotted many bird species and enjoyed the magical peacefulness of the surroundings.  The highlights were a couple of troops of saddle-backed tamarins, monk saki monkeys and squirrel monkeys.  An unusual sighting of a pygmy owl made the morning very special for our birdwatchers. Soon after all of us were onboard we started a long journey navigating towards our next destination for the afternoon activities. Read More>

May 23, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Kumai, Kalimantan, Borneo

The Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine was the destination of our last day in Borneo. Established in the late nineties the center is an ex situ conservation project (a term literally meaning "off-site conservation," the process of protecting an endangered species outside its natural habitat), consisting of a facility that receives injured, orphaned, or confiscated orangutans and works tirelessly to help them reach the stage in which they can be brought back to the wild. Most times this is no easy or rapid task, varying greatly for each individual, considering that an infant takes at least ten years of care and learning before it can forage for itself and be released to live in nature.  Many of them also need medical attention during their stay. For that, an extensive and specialized team working full time has been established. Given the degree of deforestation that affects Borneo, the illegal hunting, conflicts with men and other conservation issues, orangutan populations have been reduced drastically in the last century, hence every effort to recover individuals is of great importance for the species survival. Read More>

May 23, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Vega Island, Lomsdal/Vistenfjord National Park

The coast of Norway if stretched straight would go on forever due to its immeasurable curves and bends. Fjord with steep walls indent the mainland while along the outer coast low rounded islands are splattered along the entire length of the country. Today we had the excitement of experiencing both. In the morning we anchored off the northern end of an island called Vega. Read More>

May 23, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Tracy Arm

After sunset the National Geographic Sea Lion continued her passage north into Frederick Sound and then into Stephens Passage.  At 4:30 this morning the Sea Lion crossed the terminal moraine of Sawyer Glacier located in Holkham Bay, which marks the entrance of the spectacular and majestic Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area.  Several thousand years ago a glacial sheet of ice carved these two fjords.  When the ice retreated, approximately twelve thousand years ago, salt water filled the deep channels, creating a path of extraordinary scenery which leads to the face of a glacier that has receded into two faces.  For the next twenty-three miles the Sea Lion kept a steady pace, making her way around corner after corner heading for our morning anchorage just off of the face of South Sawyer Glacier. Once breakfast announcements were completed and Zodiacs had been lowered, the ship was divided into two groups. Read More>

May 23, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

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