Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

Oct 31, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

We have arrived at South Georgia! The “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean,” South Georgia is one of the world’s most majestic and awe-inspiring places. After a very gentle night at sea, we caught our first glimpse of the island from across the breakfast table. After the morning’s navigation and a talk from our naturalist Sheri about her experience living on South Georgia, we arrived at the sight of our afternoon operation. Salisbury Plain is the home of over 60,000 king penguin pairs, and countless southern elephant seals, sub-Antarctic fur seals, giant petrels, skuas, snowy sheathbills, pipits, and on and on. We walked dumbstruck among the animals, wondering if it was real or just a Halloween trick. What a marvelous introduction to an incredibly special place.

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James Hyde

Undersea Specialist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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