Spert Island & Charlotte Bay

Jan 15, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


Early in the morning National Geographic Orion slowly approached Spert Island from the north. This is a beautiful and rugged island that is adjacent to the much larger Trinity Island situated on the north end of the Gerlache Strait. Under almost perfect conditions, we were able to do Zodiac cruises through the small channels and islets on the west side of this scenic island. Later, steaming south for about four hours, the ship entered Charlotte Bay, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where we encountered beautiful icebergs, and several feeding humpback whales. Dropping our Zodiacs again, we were able to watch these magnificent cetaceans from water level, as they deployed rings of bubbles, and engulfed their favorite food: krill! Another amazing day exploring this incredible wilderness!

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland. His 25 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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