Paulet Island & Brown Bluff

Jan 30, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


Amazing to think of how much we saw on just our first day—however our second day in Antarctica proved to be just as exciting! We woke in the morning to find the ship parked very close to the shore at Paulet Island, the location of an unexpected winter-over by a portion of the Nordenskjöld 1901-1904 Swedish Antarctic Expedition party. Adélie penguins surrounded the landing’s historic hut and monument, and the smell of the colony certainly alerted us to their close proximity to our ship.

During out lunchtime sail toward Brown Bluff, we encountered many humpback whales swimming among the many beautiful icebergs along the way. The afternoon brought more good weather and the chance to see nesting gentoo as well as Adélie penguins. It was a wonderful afternoon. The many opportunities to see penguins up close made our first continental landing so special.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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