Crossing the Drake Passage

Feb 17, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

Our southbound crossing of the Drake Passage has been an easy one so far, with light winds and a long, low swell rolling in from the west. There’s been a bit of motion on the ship during the day, but for the most part, the weather gods have smiled on us and shown us their kindness rather than their fury. We spent the day preparing for our visit to the Antarctic Peninsula, learning about the seabirds that live over this wild ocean, decontaminating our gear to avoid introducing invasive species to the White Continent, and preparing for the photographic adventures ahead with a short talk and some hands-on sessions with the photo team.

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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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