The Drake Passage

Dec 26, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

We’re finally coming to the end of our amazing journey, and it’s time to rest and reflect on the experiences of the past several days. As we enter into the Drake Passage it gives us time to breathe, rest, and download both our photos and our experiences. For some of us, some extra time in the cabin to rest and let ourselves be subdued by the motion of the sea.

There’s also a sense of sadness as we look back over our photos and see how much has been achieved over these busy few days, and how many new friends we’ve met. There’s lots of take in, and what we’ve learned over these last days gives us lots of inspiration to plan our next adventures.

Perhaps we’re also looking at the packing process, how to fit in our boots and jackets! There have also been some great wildlife moments today, several species of birds being viewed from the bridge, as well as a pod of six fin whales that led us directly from Conor’s informative whale talk into lunch, timing perfectly as if they were on the payroll!

With lots of interesting talks the day passed quickly, and just before recap, we had an impactful presentation from our Global Perspectives Guest Speaker Will Steger which dramatically visualized the effect of climate change on our polar icecaps. And yet to think, we still have another whole day to experience and soak up the National Geographic Explorer.

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Erin Britton


Erin is an Australian wildlife biologist who grew up in northern Australia and now lives just outside Darwin, Northern Territory, with her two dogs, five crocodiles and a husband. Erin’s passion is wildlife and its interactions with people and their environment. With a degree in Environmental Science, Erin has worked around the world looking at how people, animals, culture and history interact. She’s worked as a marine ranger in the Caribbean, as a wildlife ranger in Katherine, and as part of the crocodile management team in Darwin.

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