Drake Passage

Jan 06, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning the guests of National Geographic Explorer woke up to the optimistic, but wisely cautious headline on the daily program: “Possibly Pleasant Drake Passage.” Crossing the Drake Passage, a notorious section of the Atlantic Ocean, is the price that one has to pay in order to enter the wonderland of Antarctica’s spectacular beauty. Fortunately, we experienced a pleasant and almost lake-like Drake sea state. We used the day at sea to sort our photos, catch up on our travel journals and enjoy sights of all the amazing seabirds, such as the wandering albatross, who make their home in the Drake Passage. We also attended fascinating presentations from the talented naturalists and reflected on all the amazing experiences we had in Antarctica.

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Eric Pohlman

Eric Pohlman

Naturalist

Having grown up in the wilds of Northern Minnesota, Eric’s lifelong love of nature and a desire to explore was a forgone conclusion. His childhood summers were spent canoeing the lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and his winters were spent exploring those frozen lakes on skis. It was no surprise when he decided to spend his summers working in Alaska’s fishing industry on a four-person commercial salmon fishing boat in Prince William Sound while attending the University of Minnesota. He did take a break to study abroad for a year in Helsinki, Finland.

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