Falkland Islands and Stanley Harbor

Mar 04, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


As we continued our westerly course towards the Falklands, we encountered plenty of marine life as the conditions of our crossing from South Georgia improved dramatically. A seemingly endless stream of shearwaters and petrel species glided by effortlessly, with the occasional albatross punctuating the horizon to spice up the scene. The waters around the Falklands are some of the most productive in the southern hemisphere, as evidenced by the abundant seabirds and the array of marine mammals found here—including our own remarkable sighting of over 100 hourglass dolphins!

Upon our arrival at Stanley Harbor just after lunch, we immediately set out to take in the sights to make the most of our time here. The town Stanley is home to the vast majority of the Falklands, with nearly 3,000 residents and a rich history dating back to the late 17th century. Today Stanley thrives as a successful fishing port and visitor destination and is also the main hub for the outlying camps spread throughout this incredible archipelago.

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Doug Gualtieri

Naturalist

Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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