Right Whale Harbor and Prion Island, South Georgia, Southern Ocean, Planet Earth

Nov 15, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


Our first day on South Georgia did not disappoint. A magical place that is far removed from everywhere and yet rich beyond anywhere. The island and islets that make up this place have warmer air then the Antarctic continent and yet the same rich waters, teeming with life, which fosters all kinds of delightful animals. We were fortunate enough to make a morning landing at Right Whale Bay, where we encountered fur and elephant seals, king and gentoo penguins, glaciers, mountains, and majesty. In the afternoon we visited the historic and stunning Prion Island where we met wandering albatross and light-mantled albatross.

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James Hyde

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James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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Brian Christiansen

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Brian is an adventure seeker traveling the planet in search of deeper connections with our world's complex ecology.  Brought up in Utah, home to some of the most dramatic margins a coastal desert can offer so far inland, his appreciation for protecting our precious places runs deep. He holds a degree in motion picture, video and theatre arts from Montana State University, a school dedicated to broadening students' horizons by allowing them to explore curriculums well outside their major.

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