Marguerite Bay

Feb 19, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

The day began early for many guests who opted to watch the ship cross south of the Antarctic Circle at 0200. As the rest of the guests slept the ship navigated further south into Marguerite Bay where a layer of fog sat low to the sea. National Geographic Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes wowed a morning audience with tales from the ice before the fog finally decided to lift, allowing for spectacular views of the icy continent and the afternoons planned landing site, Red Rock Ridge.

After dinner we visited Stonington Island, home to American and British bases which are now managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. The island was once connected to the continent by a stunning glacier which was eventually viewable through the fading fog. After touring the old British base everyone was entertained by the frequently calving glacier and local wildlife.

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Jamie 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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