At Sea en Route to Ducie Atoll

Mar 31, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Another full day at sea here on National Geographic Orion, but it was quite an astonishing one with the sun shining vividly from one horizon to the next, set above the bright ocean blue. Many of us were relaxing outside, enjoying the warmth of sunshine over coffee and cocktails, while crew and guests prepared equipment to go diving in the next day or so.

Adding to our leisure in the company of wildlife and great weather, presentations ranging from fish, bird, and plant identification, to iPhone photography made for an enjoyable and very well curated afternoon.

Shortly after midday we were around 140 miles from the Ducie Atoll of the Pitcairn Islands, our next destination! We had seen very few birds today because we were far from land. However, flying fish were seen regularly dashing in all directions away from our advancing bow. Ducie Island, here we come!

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About the Author

Peter Webster

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology followed shortly after by an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology. He is currently studying for another M.Sc in digital mapping. After working as a commercial diver for several years Peter was offered the position of Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012. He then spent the next 16 months in the Antarctic, stationed at Rothera Research Station, on the peninsula where he managed the dive operations and a team of scientific divers working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs. As well as diving Peter also spent several months in the Antarctic deep field working in aircraft operations, depot laying, and meteorological work whilst living in tents in conditions below -30oC.

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