At sea en route to South Georgia

Nov 11, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

Clocks went forward one hour today… Today we spent the whole day at sea again, but used the day well to ensure we arrive at South Georgia well prepared in terms of bird identification, geology and whaling history. The afternoon was also spent covering the IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and South Georgia briefings aimed at minimizing our impact on these precious environments. After the briefings we then went carried out the “decontamination process” – outdoor clothing tends to pick up dirt, organic matter and seeds which we don’t want any ending up in the Antarctic in case they spread diseases or invasive species. So we vacuumed clothes and scrubbed and washed footwear in cleaning solution to kill anything lurking on them. At 19:15 ship time we sailed close by shag rocks- a rocky outcrop rising up from the ocean, miles from any other landfall and named after the many shags that use the rocks as a breeding site.

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Peter Wilson


Peter comes from the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. He is both a working archaeologist and a naturalist.  Growing up and living next to the sea, he developed a fascination with whales and dolphins, along with birds and the broader natural world. Ever varied in his interests, he studied English at University College Cork and went on to complete a master’s degree in Old English. 

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