Grytviken and Hercules Bay

Nov 16, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


Today was steeped in history and wildlife. Grytviken lies within King Edward Cove on South Georgia. The history of whaling started here in 1904 and ended by 1964. The South Georgia Museum today chronicles this era for our guests perusal. Wildlife has returned to the shores of the cove, as was evidenced by numerous slumbering southern elephant seals strewn along the shoreline along with feisty fur seals. A few molting king penguins added a splash of color. Hercules Bay was our cruising destination for the afternoon, the highlights included sunshine, blue skies, and a colony of macaroni penguins along the shore and nestled in the tussock grass. We are grateful to see the end of the whaling era and the return of the natural inhabitants to the island.  

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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