Gerlache Strait and Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

Nov 26, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


This morning began as National Geographic Orion maneuvered into some fast ice on the peninsula of Antarctica. There had been rumors circulating about a possible encounter with a very rare bird indeed. No sooner had the ship maneuvered into position than the bird was sighted. An emperor penguin! The largest and rarest penguin for this part of the continent. Nearly the entire ship loaded into Zodiacs to get a good long look at the animal. It was so obliging as to even come closer and walk towards the fleet of rubber boats. Memory cards were filled, batteries drained, and the Antarctic experience was completed. During lunch we repositioned the ship up near Anver’s Island, providing a fantastic assortment of ice sculptures and scenery as we headed north into a lumpy Drake Passage, wishing the White Continent goodbye.

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James Hyde

Naturalist

James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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