Fortuna Bay/ Stromness Harbour, South Georgia

Dec 06, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

A change in weather in our favor happened today as we awoke to a bright blue sky and a crisp breeze. This morning we spent our time exploring another congregation of King penguins mixed in with a plethora of excited fur seals. There was much excitement on the beaches of South Georgia for good reason -- it’s prime breeding season for the Antarctic fur seals. This bay has a great historical significance since it was the bay that Earnest Shackleton thought was Stromness Harbour as he and his men descended down from their hike across South Georgia.  Unfortunately for them, they would have to continue on to get to their final destination to begin the rescue mission to retrieve those that were still stranded on Elephant Island. With that in mind, our afternoon would be spent replicating the final section of the hike that the famous polar explorer became so well known for. Over half of our guests on the ship would complete the journey, while the rest of us met them in Stromness Harbour, and got a closer look at the ruins the whaling station there. 

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Robert Alexander

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Robert Alexander has quenched his thirst for exploring the world’s flora and fauna by captaining, interpreting natural history, and conducting research aboard ships.  He particularly developed a passion for the marine life below the water’s surface while attending the University of Oregon and becoming involved with their diving program.  The rich waters of the Pacific Northwest led Robert to change career paths, and locales, as a SCUBA Instructor based primarily out of Maui.  Utilizing any means of floating vessel, from kayaks and catamarans to small passenger boats and Zodiacs, Robert became a captain as he explored the behavioral patterns of the captivating marine megafauna throughout the world.  In between being a captain and naturalist, he strives to conserve and preserve all forms of life- be it our very own species as a firefighter and EMT, assisting in shark-tagging projects for NOAA, or researching hawksbill turtle populations with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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