Crossing the Drake Passage

Feb 07, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


Our first day heading south to Antarctica was a quiet one on board National Geographic Explorer. We spent time resting and preparing for the adventures ahead. The wind was up, which kept a few of us down but brought out lots of seabirds, including five species of albatross. In the main lounge, we enjoyed a presentation by the photo team as well as some hands-on instruction to get us all ready to shoot. In the afternoon, we had a briefing on proper interaction with wildlife and practiced a decontamination session in the mudroom to ensure we wouldn’t introduce alien species to the pristine shores of the White Continent. Now we’re ready to go!

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David Cothran

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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