Beyond the Antarctic Circle

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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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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