Dec 26, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
National Geographic Orion barreled her way through the Drake Passage as we slept the night away, with bellies full of an amazing Christmas holiday feast from the culinary team. In the morning, we were given a last chance to see some of the most graceful flyers in the world, the wandering and black-browed albatross. A few other usual suspects, the pintado petrels and giant petrels joined them in our wake. Folks gathered on the back deck to watch the winged creatures soaring with ease and to say goodbye to the furious forties of the Drake Passage, as we sailed towards the calmer seas of the Beagle Channel. There were considerably fewer hats, gloves, and parkas out on deck, as the temperatures were noticeably warmer this morning. We have officially crossed back over the Antarctic Convergence and into more a temperate, hospitable climate.
After breakfast, Marylou Blakeslee gave a thought-provoking presentation about climate change in Antarctica and led a powerful conversation about ways to raise awareness and make mindful choices that honor the remarkable and majestic world that we live in.
Rafts of black-browed albatross, giant petrels, and imperial shags gave us a peek at a feeding frenzy. (It’s nice knowing we haven’t been the only ones enjoying a feeding frenzy!) And we watched as Peale’s dolphins twisted and turned effortlessly, playing
As we revisited the seals of the Southern Ocean with a lecture from Maya Santangelo, the pilot boat joined us to usher National Geographic Orion intothe port of Ushuaia.
With bellies, minds, and hearts full, may we all hold this place close to our hearts as we make our long journey home and think fondly about our amazing experience together to the 7th continent.
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