Jan 12, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
Very early this morning we crossed the Antarctic Circle and continued as far as 67:50.202 South and 069:03.298 West. This is by far the furthest south any ship in the Lindblad fleet has made it within the past couple of years. There was surprisingly little ice but we definitely saw some massive bergs. Just after lunch as we were on approach to Jenny Island, just off of Adelaide Island, we encountered three playful minke whales. The afternoon activity consisted of an informative nature walk amongst the granite boulders and elephant seals of Jenny Island. The shore was packed with juvenile males waiting to complete their molting before returning to sea. Brown skuas, Weddell seals, Adelie penguins, and blue-eyed shags were all amongst the wildlife spotted. After dinner we headed back north on the east side of Adelaide Island through the stunning narrow pass rightfully named The Gullet.
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