Jan 01, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
Happy New Year! WOW, WHAT A DAY!
We had a day to remember forever. We started the year with the best day. Our morning found us in Flanders Bay in front of the sea ice shelf. Massive glaciers rippled down the mountains and huge icebergs were trapped in the frozen sea. As we gathered our things for our tour of the ice shelf, National Geographic Explorer arrived, and we celebrated the first morning of 2019 together. The first gift of the new year were 4 emperor penguins standing in the lee of the morning wind. The sun glowed through the clouds highlighting the rough-edged peaks. We walked along the fast ice until we reached two crabeater seals resting side by side. They were in a deep sleep and not even two ships worth of excited ice walkers disturbed their slumber. The light kept getting better. Suddenly news of killer whales approaching our landing site reached our ears. Type B2 Gerlache killer whales swam along the edge of the sea ice right by our landing spot. Yellow with diatoms, they carefully looked up at our Zodiacs to the thrill of our guests. The winds were strengthening as the sun broke through the clouds.
During lunch, we made our way to another inlet in Flanders Bay named Briand Bay. Here we toured in Zodiacs through brash ice and
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