Paradise Bay, Neko Harbor

Jan 24, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

If one must have a final day in Antarctica, it might as well be a day like we had today—paradise. Our Antarctic excursions offered us everything we could have hoped for. Before breakfast, surface-feeding humpback whales upstaged the buffet line. During our morning Zodiac cruises, we spotted three types of seals: crabeaters, Weddells, and even a leopard seal. Our skillful captain was able to make a lee behind the ship so that even in 35-knot winds we were able to go ashore, and we spent the afternoon on the continent at Neko Harbor. Indeed, today was a day that will remain in our hearts and minds for a long time to come.

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Katie Crafts


As a kid, Katie wore mom-made, whale-covered jumpers (the uniform of the cool kid, right?!). In high school, she developed a study abroad program so that she could travel to Spain and see what more of the world was like. In college, she spent six weeks on a tall ship, sailing from Massachusetts to the Caribbean using a sextant, and doing plankton tows at all hours of the days and nights. Through these experiences, she started to piece together the planet from a cultural and environmental perspective.

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