The Drake Passage

Feb 14, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

Leaving the sheltered waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, National Geographic Explorer fared the Drake Passage once again. Valentine’s Day celebrations took on a range of forms today—for some it was savoring eggs Benedict or sending sweet treats from across the globe, while others spent the day in bed in a much less romantic way (coping with the motion of the ocean). Despite the rolling waves, we prepared for arriving in Ushuaia, shared photos from a spectacular trip, and attended presentations given throughout the day. One of our naturalists, Dr. Rodolfo Werner, spoke about his efforts working to establish marine protected areas throughout Antarctic waters. In the afternoon, two of our globetrotting naturalists discussed exploration in Antarctica: Carl Eric Kilander highlighted the adventures of Roald Amundsen’s career as a polar explorer and Tom Ritchie shared some noteworthy tales of Lindblad’s own trailblazing endeavors.

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About the Author

Caitlyn Webster

Undersea Specialist

Caitlyn grew up entranced by the sea. She first became SCUBA certified while in high school in southern California and found her true passion diving and studying marine life. After graduating from Cal Poly State University: San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Marine Science and Fisheries, she began her career in research diving operations and logistics. Through different universities and various opportunities, Caitlyn has been fortunate enough to travel to particularly remote parts of the world, sharing her enthusiasm for exploring the seas and marine conservation.

About the Photographer

Susan Seubert

National Geographic Photographer

Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum.  

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