The Drake Passage & Cape Horn

Feb 05, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

As all good things must come to an end, and National Geographic Explorer continued its journey north through the Drake Passage with diminishing seas. With the Antarctic peninsula behind us, guests spent time recollecting their experience and enjoying their images as our natural history team delivered a series of lectures and entertainment. With blue skies and not a whitecap to be seen upon the water, we approached the infamous Cape Horn, which looked docile as could be. Due to the upwelling here from the continental shelf, many a bird circled the ship in search of a meal, reminding all on board that any good sea expedition entails a communion with the seabirds. Soon to be in the port of Ushuaia and headed elsewhere or home, we’re all wondering, “Where to next?”

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

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