Port Charcot & Dallman Bay

Dec 26, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


Our final morning on the White Continent was spent in light snow and, sadly, the sunny skies from the day before had disappeared. Nevertheless, it was exciting just to wander among the three species of brush-tailed penguins for one last time and take a Zodiac through the magnificent iceberg graveyard.

The ship was docked really close to the landing at Port Charcot on Booth Island. Half of the guests walked to the top of the ice-covered hill, watching penguins and learning of Charcot’s expedition. Gentoo, and even some chinstrap, penguins entertained guests, providing them with their final “penguin fix.” Meanwhile, Zodiacs zipped around magnificent old icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Many groups spotted gentoo penguins swimming, crabeater seals sleeping on flat, floating ice, and Wilson’s storm petrels delicately dancing on the surface of the water.

The afternoon was spent cruising north-north-west into Dallman Bay, searching for more wildlife like humpback whales, before heading towards Ushuaia.

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Martin Cohen

Naturalist

Martin grew up in Melbourne playing cricket and Australian Rules football. While growing up, and to his parents’ dismay, Martin brought home and kept a menagerie of wildlife including frogs, lizards, turtles, and even poisonous snakes!

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