South Shetland Islands

Feb 08, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Land ahoy! After a day on a choppy Drake guests awoke within 40 miles of the South Shetland Islands. Although the islands were shrouded in low cloud and fog guests that made it to the bridge were treated to sightings of fin and humpback whales on the approach. As we passed our first icebergs accompanied by wandering albatross and our first porpoising penguins, the rugged islands finally came into view.

The Aitcho Islands were the afternoon’s destination where guests were greeted off the Zodiacs by a panoply of gentoo and chinstrap penguins. At this stage of the season the penguin chicks are preparing to fledge and are often very inquisitive of visitors to the island.

After guests were officially greeted to the vessel with the captain’s welcome cocktails and dinner we made our way into the crater of Deception Island.

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James Coleman

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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