Nov 22, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
Early morning light found National Geographic Explorer on approach to Astrolabe Island in the Bransfield Strait. The wind was up, and snow and tiny ice shards were blowing off the three-mile-long island, making it look as if we were in a blizzard! We dropped a scout boat in preparation for heading ashore but realized that conditions were deteriorating and simply not suitable for a landing. Quickly adapting to the ever-changing nature of weather here in Antarctica, we cruised Bransfield Strait in search of whales and other wildlife on our way to our afternoon adventures.
That afternoon, upon arrival in Lindblad Cove, it seemed as if we were in another world entirely. The wind had died to zero, the seas were flat calm and mirror-like, and the sun decided to pay us a visit! Our time was spent kayaking or cruising with our fleet of Zodiacs among the icebergs,
We finished our afternoon in Lindblad Cove in the traditional Lindblad way: The adventurous among us decided to take the polar plunge, leaping into the near-freezing water! What better way to celebrate all the beauty around us than to immerse yourself in the very waters in which whales, seals, and penguins swim--
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