Cooper & St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Nov 03, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


It was a stunning morning on the water as we cruised in Zodiacs around Cooper Bay. We were delighted to see huge icebergs looming in the distance and sunny blue skies. Our Zodiac cruise brought us to a macaroni and chinstrap penguin colony, while some were also lucky enough to have an encounter with a large female leopard seal, who swam curiously around the boats.  In the afternoon, we came upon the largest king penguin colony on South Georgia at St. Andrews Bay, a colony first described in 1883 during the German International Polar Year Expedition.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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