Whaler’s Bay & Hannah Point

Jan 17, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


This last day of expedition in Antarctica was a great success. The kayaks were launched early in the morning, and guests could enjoy a calm morning off Deception Island, kayaking and exploring the artifacts and structural remnants from the whaling period and later British scientific interests. While a few penguins and seals occasionally showed up on the beach, everybody could enjoy the views of National Geographic Orion parked in the loose volcanic tephra close to shore. During lunch, the bridge team repositioned the ship to Livingston Island, to make this season’s first visit to Hannah Point. A limit of 50 guests ashore at Hannah Point turned into a split landing and presentation onboard, so everybody had a chance to enjoy the wildlife ashore and a talk on krill by naturalist Marylou Blakeslee. Hannah Point has a high concentration of nesting birds and elephant seals usually hauls out on the beach. This was a good way to end our expedition at the Antarctic Peninsula, and tonight we will start our journey back to South America.

This last day of expedition in Antarctica was a great success. The kayaks were launched early in the morning, and guests could enjoy a calm morning off Deception Island, kayaking and exploring the artifacts and structural remnants from the whaling period and later British scientific interests. While a few penguins and seals occasionally showed up on the beach, everybody could enjoy the views of National Geographic Orion parked in the loose volcanic tephra close to shore. During lunch, the bridge team repositioned the ship to Livingston Island, to make this season’s first visit to Hannah Point. A limit of 50 guests ashore at Hannah Point turned into a split landing and presentation onboard, so everybody had a chance to enjoy the wildlife ashore and a talk on krill by naturalist Marylou Blakeslee. Hannah Point has a high concentration of nesting birds and elephant seals usually hauls out on the beach. This was a good way to end our expedition at the Antarctic Peninsula, and tonight we will start our journey back to South America.

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Andreas Madsen

Naturalist

Andreas was born in the village of Ebeltoft on the central east coast of Denmark and has spent his childhood years with the sea and open fields as neighbours. For a child of the North, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking come along with your first steps and nature has always had a self-explanatory role in Andreas’ life. Between studies he left Denmark to travel and it was during his months in South America he discovered his curiosity and interest for geology. 

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