Grytviken

Dec 07, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


Today, we awoke aboard the National Geographic Orion as the ship was rounding King Edward Point in Cumberland Bay, with our destination, Grytviken, in sight. Grytviken is notable for at least two reasons: it was the site of the first whaling station built in South Georgia; and, it is the final resting sight of “the Boss” – Sir Ernest Shackleton. We were fortunate enough to have the full day to explore the whaling station, the museum and the hills behind Grytviken.  

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Andy Szabo

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Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Andy moved from the whale-impoverished shores of Lake Ontario to the west coast of British Columbia to pursue his passion for marine mammals and marine biology.  Andy received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Victoria, and was subsequently awarded his doctorate through the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.  His graduate work focused on the maternal behavior and foraging ecology of Southeast Alaskan humpback whales; however, he has also participated in studies focused on other marine mammals, including blue, fin, grey, sperm and killer whales.

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