Enterprise Island & Wilhelmina Bay

Nov 22, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


What a day! The National Geographic Explorer woke on another stunning morning in Antarctica as the ship navigated through the Gerlache Strait towards Enterprise Island. Conditions allowed for mirror reflections of the passing icebergs and mountains as well as good humpback whale sightings. The day’s busy activities started with kayaking and Zodiac cruising within the sheltered bay before the bravest of guests and staff took the polar plunge. Next up was a brief repositioning, once again through spectacular scenery into Wilhelmina Bay in search of fast ice. The ship was soon nosing into the ice allowing for an easy disembarkation. Our two ski guides led a long cross-country ski into the wilderness while the rest of us enjoyed the ice with a beer and BBQ. The best was yet to come, as a young emperor penguin made its way onto the ice and navigated around the entire group before plopping back in the water. The best thing was it actually waited for the skiers to return so all were rewarded with great views of this magnificent bird.

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James Coleman

Naturalist

Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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Eric Wehrmeister

Video Chronicler

Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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