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Hourglass Dolphins

If you’ve never seen a photo or even heard of hourglass dolphins, you can count yourself among the majority. These dolphins are found only in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, and when ships are in these waters it’s often too rough for photographers to spot them. And with a small worldwide population, it takes quite a bit of luck to spot one or two. During an onboard lecture Wednesday as National Geographic Explorer sailed through a calm Drake Passage bound for Antarctica — these two were spotted. They approached the ship and took advantage of the bow wave, matching our 14-knot speed until fatigue or boredom sent them off in another direction 15 minutes later. A rare and thrilling encounter for guests on our Antarctic expedition. Photo: Doug Gualtieri, Naturalist