At sea, South Georgia to the Falklands

Nov 06, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

It was dawn. South Georgia was behind us and a seemingly endless sea was before us.  The swell was mostly running in a northeasterly direction and a lesser swell was heading towards the east. This made the sea a little bit confused, nothing bad, just not a simple rocking.  There was some wind and scant sun.  A perfect morning to tuck in, roll over, and go back to sleep!

Breakfast was relaxed, no early landing, but there was still plenty to do today. There were lectures: Shackleton, filming emperor penguins underwater, and marine plankton.  There was returning the rented boots, poles, and waterproof pants…my favorite!  There was early packing, the last Recap, and let us not forget eating, including a special teatime treat of Swedish pancakes with a choice of fruit, nuts, sauces, ice cream, and whipped cream.

The photographers were extra busy getting images ready for the guest slideshow.  There were also folders on the computers in the Internet Café for pictures to share amongst all of our guests.  Didn’t take any images?  No problem!  Some folks took thousands of pictures and they were willing to share, just download them. I also put the illustrated plant list on those computers, a collection of images I showed at Recaps.

For the restless and wildlife deprived, there was some birding to be done from the Bridge and the Sun Deck:  royal albatross (the one I saw might be the northern), pintado (cape) petrel, southern giant petrel (including a white morph), white-chinned petrel, southern fulmar, etc. 

We also had an important biological/geographical event; we crossed the Antarctic Convergence or the Polar Front.  No bump, but the temperature rose. This afternoon we were no longer in the Southern Ocean, we were now in the South Atlantic Ocean!

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Dennis Cornejo


Dennis has spent more than half of his life working with Lindblad Expeditions. He first studied biology in the Sonoran Desert. It was his work with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that brought him into contact with Sven Lindblad. Dennis was working with sea turtles in Mexico, desert tadpoles in southern Arizona and evaluating various legume trees for arid lands agriculture throughout the Sonoran Desert. Sven asked him if he would be interested in working on a ship as a naturalist in Baja California… a simple ‘yes’ turned out to be perhaps the most important decision he ever made!

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