South Shetland Islands

Dec 23, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


National Geographic Orion awoke as we navigated our way across the final leg of the Drake Passage toward Antarctica. We were accompanied by a large collection of seabirds for the duration. As we moved over the continental shelf, blows started to appear on the horizon, thus yielding sightings of both humpback and fin whales. It was not long before land was sighted along with the first icebergs. Guests spent the morning enjoying this pelagic life while also learning about penguins and the Antarctic Treaty before bolstering their penguin fix and donning their boots for their first landing on Barrientos Island.

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Jamie Coleman

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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