Approaching the Falkland Islands

Nov 06, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning was beautiful! It was mostly sunny with a fresh breeze in our faces as we approached the Falkland Islands. The birds were particularly busy, perhaps even happy. By the end of breakfast, there was already an impressive bird list: wandering albatross, grey-headed albatross, black-browed albatross, giant petrel, Kerguelen petrel, blue petrel, Atlantic petrel, white-chinned petrel, white-headed petrel (this one made the bird folks very happy), black-bellied storm petrel, Antarctic prion, slender-billed prion, southern fulmar, sooty shearwater, brown skua, and rockhopper penguin. The list continued to grow through the day.

While it could have been a good day to laze about, there was much to be done. We listened to presentations subjects from the Falkland Islands conflict, a joint lecture of differing perspectives, to a presentation called Bird Identification Bingo, by the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. And let’s not forget about the ocean of images that we took… Today was the deadline for submitting images for the Guest Slideshow. The wise among us might have also started a bit of packing, as tomorrow is a full day too.

After dinner, we previewed of the Voyage Video Chronicle—starring all of us. And last but not least, we heard a presentation about the underbelly of the ship and all the places we wouldn’t normally go and things we wouldn’t normally know.

It was dark when we arrived at the Falkland Islands. At anchor, we awaited our last full day aboard ship and the adventures of tomorrow!

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About the Author

Dennis Cornejo

Naturalist

Dennis began scuba diving during the mid-1970s as part of a research project. At the time he was a research associate at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona, studying the population of winter hibernating sea turtles.  What began as a scientific study soon became a conservation project that expanded to three species of sea turtles along the entire Pacific coast of Mexico.  This project received major funding from the World Wildlife Fund and was eventually taken over directly by that agency with Kim Clifton and Dennis Cornejo as co-principal investigators.

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