Lindblad Cove and Antarctic Sound
Early this morning, National Geographic Orion sailed within the Bransfield Strait as she made her way to Charcot Bay on the Trinity Peninsula. The entrance to the bay was shrouded in fog, which worried us a bit, but when we sailed into the bay a few miles, we passed into sunshine and brilliant conditions. We came here to visit Lindblad Cove, which was named to honor the memory of Lars Eric Lindblad…the man who pioneered expedition travel. Lindblad Cove (63º 51′ S, 59º 27′ W) is located near the head of Charcot Bay, between Almond Point and Auster Point. This beautiful site is a fitting tribute to Lars-Eric, because it is surrounded by spectacular mountains and three immense glaciers that produce lots of icebergs. As expected, it was filled with ice of all sizes and shapes. The waters here are uncharted, so the ship entered the cove very slowly. Close to Lindblad Cove, we set off in the Zodiacs and had lots of fun pushing our way through brash ice and cruising around bergy bits and icebergs. The weather was near perfect, with blue skies and blue and white ice, calms seas, and great reflections. This water here is so rich at this time of year, it has taken on a strong greenish tint from the summer phytoplankton bloom. During our morning in Charcot Bay, we were amused to see all three species of brushtail penguins (gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap) standing on a single bergy bit, as well as several snow petrels circling overhead, a huge flock of fulmars on the surface that took to the wing as the ship approached them, a humpback whale feeding in open water, and Weddell, leopard, and several Antarctic fur seals lounging about on ice floes and bergy bits.
The afternoon was spent sailing northward along the Antarctic Peninsula as we made our way to the northern-most tip of the Antarctic continent. Read More>
Feb 1, 2016
National Geographic Orion