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  • Cabo san Lucas

    National Geographic Sea Bird started the day with sunrise at the famous El Arco in Cabo san Lucas. The captain positioned the ship so that the light shone right on the arch. As the day carried on, we sailed along the coast headed for San Jose del Cabo where we had the option to go birding, explore the town, or see a local glass-blowing demonstration. Once back on board, we looked for marine wildlife—which did not disappoint! We saw amazing displays of acrobatics performed by several humpback whales. We wrapped up our day with one last show from a newborn humpback calf that breached and played into the sunset!

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  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey River

    We woke this morning just off the cost of the beautiful Placencia Village. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is where our venturing begins. This sanctuary was established as a forest preserve more than 30 years ago, in 1984, achieving jaguar preserve status only two short years later. It now supports a thriving population of not only the jaguar but also that of pumas, ocelots, jaguarundis, and margays.

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  • James “Santiago” Island

    Santiago Island is where Charles Darwin spent the longest amount of time on land out of the four localities he visited in total. There he spent the whole of nine days, where its alleged that he said the land iguanas were so plentiful that he struggled finding a place to pitch his tent.

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  • Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait.

    Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch… We woke very early in the morning as the ship—in the dark and with searchlights lit—slowly made her way north for an early morning rendezvous at the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel.

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  • Port Lockroy and the Neumeyer Channel

    Our Wednesday began with an illuminating sunrise over the mountains and ocean surface as National Geographic Orion neared Port Lockroy.

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  • The Antarctic Circle

    Today we achieved a feat that only a tiny handful of humans have ever achieved: We entered the Antarctic Circle. At 6 a.m., we crossed below 66°33.79, heading into the most southerly recesses of our little blue planet. As we adventured onward, we were met with graceful swirling snow petrels, Antarctic terns, and Wilson’s storm petrels fluttering along icy tidelines and around magnificent icebergs. Sunlight streamed across the surface of the ocean from behind imposing mountains, which lined the edge of the peninsula.

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  • Bahia Bonanza

    After a morning of cruising, we redirected the Zodiacs toward the beaches of Bahía Bonanza for an afternoon of Baja venturing. Some took long walks down the white sandy beach while others set out to find the elusive black jackrabbit—one of the many endemic species here in Baja California. Many enjoyed walks along the arroyo searching for birds and plants, much of the latter coming to blossom this time of year.

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  • At Sea

    The Arawak people, who arrived in Barbados from South America ca. 800 CE, originally named the island Ichirougaiam, meaning “island with the white teeth.” The moniker may refer to the coral reefs surrounding the island and the difficulty of getting a canoe through them. The present name, Barbados, comes from the Portuguese word “barbados” for “bearded ones,” and likely stems from the name the navigators gave to the fig tree (Ficus citrifolia), which drops roots from branches to the ground. The Portuguese sailed here in 1536, but the island is essentially English on account of inhabitants who arrived here in 1625 and stayed.

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  • Hull Canal & La Entrada

    The sun rose in triumph over Magdalena Bay, painting the dunes and water with a shimmering light. Off the bow of National Geographic Sea Bird, gray whales breathed geysers into the morning air. The tropical depression that had whipped along the Baja peninsula for many days was gone, and the waves that raged yesterday morning were replaced by gentle ripples of an ebbing tide.

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  • Laughing Bird Caye

    National Geographic Quest woke up to the beautiful view of Laughing Bird Caye National Park. This Island is named after the laughing gulls, or Larus artricilla, which inhabit the island as a nesting area. Today the northern part of the island is preserved namely for the laughing gulls. In December 21, 1991, it was declared a national park, deeming the entire area an absolute no-take zone. This unique atoll formation known as a “faro” gave our guests an amazing opportunity to view the area’s coral habitats and marine life.

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