Booth Island – Port Charcot

Dec 03, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


We sailed through the night into open ocean crossing from the east side of the peninsula’s Weddell Sea over to the west side of the peninsula. By lunch we were well on our way south along the west side and headed for the Lemaire Channel. On our way, we had some wonderful encounters with minke whales and a large pod of orcas. We had beautiful views and wonderful sunny weather all morning. Our afternoon was busy as we made a landing at Port Charcot on Booth Island, a nesting ground to all three of the penguin colonies commonly seen in this area—gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap. The weather was mild and allowed for us to conclude our day with kayaking and an exhilarating polar plunge. 

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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Eric Wehrmeister

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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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