Arriving to Antarctica and Half Moon Island

Dec 20, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

This morning we awoke early to an announcement of “Whales ahead!” Leaping from our comfortable beds and springing into action, all assembled on the bow, the bridge, or at any of the hundreds of windows on board the National Geographic Explorer. We watched the hour-long encounter with many different fin and humpback whales. A pre-breakfast appetizer that only Antarctica can serve up. Later we enjoyed the informational lecture about biosecurity in Antarctica and decontaminated our belongings with the staff in order to keep this beautiful continent pristine. The afternoon saw our first landing in the South Shetland Islands and the welcoming committee of chinstrap penguins received us in formal attire. A snow flurry added to the authenticity of the White Continent and to top it all off, Captain Oliver threw a cocktail party afterward

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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