Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

Jul 14, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Off into uncharted territory! This morning National Geographic Orion lifted her anchor and made her way south across the vast lagoon of the Rangiroa atoll toward the fabled Blue Lagoon, a remote azure dot on the reef that has never before been visited by an expedition ship!  Our captain carefully picked his course through the shallow coral heads and brought us safely to an anchorage that opened up a beautiful new world of crystal blue water, lonely coral islands and the thrilling life of the reef.

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David Cothran

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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