The Beagle Channel and Ushuaia

Jan 06, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

On the final day of our journey, we woke from our well-earned rest with the Drake Passage behind us. After a nourishing breakfast, we headed up to the bridge to take in the view as we approached Cape Horn, a significant location in maritime history. All ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans had to round the horn in conditions that could be difficult and treacherous before the construction of the Panama Canal eased the pressure.

A busy day awaited us as we began the packing process and prepared to return home. We enjoyed the calm ocean conditions and relaxed in the lounge to enjoy presentations by our naturalists. We learned about whales, krill and its ecological significance in the Antarctica environment, and climate change.

We spotted several pods of Peale’s dolphins dancing and playing around the ship at various moments throughout the day. As the landscape changed upon entering the Beagle Channel, so did the variety of bird species around us.

In the afternoon, the gallery staff served up Swedish pancakes. We enjoyed the change of scenery as we slowly made our way into the Port of Ushuaia. That evening, we gathered in the lounge for the farewell cocktail party.

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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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