Drake Passage, Towards Antarctica

Jan 09, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


The relaxing nature of a day at sea is so often dashed by inclement weather conditions. As it were, the Drake Passage, the area of water betwixt South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, is notorious for just such weather conditions and just such hopes of relaxation being dashed. Fortunately for us all aboard the National Geographic Orion, the Drake Passage was a mild sea at most. We were introduced to the staff and crew, enjoyed lectures on photography, and began to learn about the continent and its conservation. Gentle waves rocked the ship as she steamed south, carrying our expectations and excitement into the eternal daylight.

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James Hyde

Naturalist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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