Cooper Bay & St. Andrews Bay

Feb 29, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


South Georgia. Wild! Untrammeled! Green! Two days following in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton have brought us to perhaps the most remarkable of all islands in Antarctic waters. Politically, South Georgia is not part of Antarctica, but because the polar convergence swings north and wraps the island in its icy productive waters, it is biologically considered Antarctica.

What an abundance of wildlife witnessed here as we explore this very remote and rugged island! Dear reader, I am not sure that I can properly convey to you the sights, sounds, and even smells of an island some 100 miles long that has literally millions and millions of animals living upon it. Life is everywhere you look, and all of it is busy getting on with the job of procreating the new generations. It is in no way an exaggeration to claim that South Georgia is sensory overload, there is simply too much to take in!

Perhaps you do not believe me. Ask anyone who has been here, or better yet, come and see for yourself. Only then can you appreciate my feeble description of one of the truly magical places on our planet.

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About the Author

Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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