South Shetland Islands

Jan 20, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

We have reached Antarctica!

After two days at sea on an all-things-considered very mild Drake Passage, we have reached the South Shetland Islands, which form a barrier to the Antarctic Peninsula. The morning was spent relaxing onboard the ship as we motored the final miles in.

Tom Ritchie, the legendary Lindblad naturalist, gave his presentation on penguins of the continent so we knew what to expect. After lunch, we made our first landing at Hannah Point, on Livingston Island. We were treated to intimate views of Gentoo and chinstrap penguins with their chicks as well as a jumble of elephant seals and an assortment of flying sea birds.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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