Jougla Point, Port Lockroy and Dallmann Bay

Dec 28, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Our last day on the Peninsula brought us back to Port Lockroy, this time for a landing at Base A and at Jougla Point. The museum and post office at Port Lockroy are a highlight for many visitors and provide an opportunity to buy some excellent souvenirs (like specially designed Antarctic tartan garments) and to learn more about what life was like for the men stationed here from 1944 to 1962. It is also a landing that allows the most intimate gentoo penguin experiences, as the Lockroy gentoos seem to be completely habituated to human presence and have no problems laying eggs and raising chicks right near the front door of Bransfield House.

Half the group visited Port Lockroy, while the other half spent time admiring the chicks of Antarctic or blue-eyed shags at Jougla Point. Jougla also provided an excellent opportunity to observe Weddell seals, learn about whale physiology (skeletons) and spend more time with gentoo penguins. The light was exquisite, and the views of the Seven Sister Peaks gave us a perfect backdrop for wildlife photos.

We departed our anchorage near Port Lockroy and sailed through the stunning Neumayer Channel. At 16 miles long, this stretch of water separating Anvers and Wiencke Islands provides a gorgeous cruise past majestic glacier-covered cliffs. Sailing through the S-shaped channel often feels like being in a maze because there does not seem to be an exit.

After leaving Neumayaer Channel, we turned a bit north into Dallmann Bay, searching for one last wildlife encounter before leaving the Peninsula’s protected waters. We were not disappointed! Our team spotted a tall dorsal fin in the distance. As we got closer, we discovered a pod of the small “B” ecotype killer whales! These whales are known as the Gerlache Strait killer whales as they are found in the strait and adjoining waters. A few of the pod swam close to the ship while others surfaced closed to the snow-covered mountains in the distance.

At the end of the day, we celebrated this fabulous voyage and our great fortune to experience such a pristine environment (and a white Christmas) with the hotel team’s Antarctic Blue Ice Dinner followed by the talented stylings of our very own crew dancers and musicians.

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Sheri Bluestein

Expedition Leader

Native New Yorker, Sheri Bluestein has lived, worked, volunteered, and traveled on all seven continents including 3.5 years in Amsterdam, where she learned to speak Dutch fluently and became a citizen of the Netherlands. She currently resides in the French Pyrenees, living in a restored cow barn with her Dutch husband, whom she met while riding an elephant in Thailand (before learning how cruel this type of tourism activity can be).

When not enjoying the pleasures of French rural life, Sheri works on a variety of Lindblad ships and itineraries as an Expedition Leader, Cultural Specialist and Naturalist in geographies ranging from Europe to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to Antarctica and the South Atlantic.Though fascinated with almost everything on our amazing planet, she is particularly interested in the human story and how it intersects with the natural world.

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