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  • Drake Passage, Beagle Channel

    Our final day at sea is bittersweet. The crackling call of the chinstrap penguins is so fresh in our minds. The leopard seals who seem to be in every harbor and inlet should be showing up anytime now. However, today is not the same as so many recent days. Today the sun shines brightly. Today the wind has a comforting warmth. The views from the decks hold the landforms of Tiera Del Fuego. Today we see green leaves again.

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  • At Sea, Drake’s Passage

    “For I say there is no other thing that is worse than the sea is for breaking a man, even though he may be a very strong one” – Homer

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  • Georges Point, Rongé Island, and Dallman Bay

    We spent the morning at Georges Point, which is a rocky point on the northern end of Rongé Island, which itself is located near the western entrance of the Errera Channel. This is an important nesting site for both chinstrap and gentoo penguins. It was interesting to see that their nesting colonies are adjacent to each other, but not intermixed. However, at this time of the season, many of the larger chicks are out of their nests and have become completely intermixed as they chase their parents begging for food. It was a little slippery at the landing site as we walked carefully over algal-covered rocks, and it was amusing to watch the penguins carefully maneuver through this area just as we did. Everyone was fascinated by the complex penguin highway system. It seemed to work perfectly, in spite of the fact there were no traffic signs or traffic cops in sight.

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  • Gerlache Strait, Port Lockroy

    Early in the morning the call came to our cabins “we have killer whales ahead, it’s a good sized pod!” So as most of us scrambled to get dressed, grab cameras and binoculars, and rush to the outside decks, National Geographic Orion slowly worked its way to a closer range. Soon the ship was surrounded by the animals, and they approached us to get a look, some swimming right under the bow! The highlight, however, was when the group cased and killed a penguin right next to the ship; amazing. Later we did a Zodiac cruise in Borgen Bay, followed by an afternoon landing Port Lockroy and Jougla Point.

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  • Lemaire Channel and Booth Island

    Despite being at the most southern point of our journey (64 degrees south), today we experienced weather not normally associated with Antarctica: rain. But that didn’t deter us, and we had two wonderful landings at islands along the Lemaire Channel: Booth and Petermann Islands. We encountered many humpback and minke whales along the way.

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  • Lindblad Cove/Bransfield Strait/Cierva Cove

    Gorgeous is the word for today. We began our morning in the soft swells of Lindblad Cove. Ice sculptures dazzled our eyes with bolts of cobalt blue surrounded by mushroom shaped icebergs. The ice we saw was thousands of years old. Tossed and flipped by the constant wave action of the Southern Ocean, these gigantic forms shape shift in the last few years of their existence before returning to the water from which they came. The salt water melt bath these icebergs travel in constantly erode the balance of the ice. Melting from beneath, the icebergs will roll again and again. The water smooths the surface of one to look like polished marble and the next iceberg is as rough as weathered wood. The Zodiacs appeared and disappeared behind the enormous moving ice as we rounded the cove. Leopard seals occasionally hauled out on the ice and rolled about in what looked like our morning stretch class.

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  • Antarctic Sound/ Brown Bluff

    We started the morning cruising amongst the fantastic tabular bergs that litter the Antarctic Sound.  The waters were calm and the sun was shining as we searched for the best spot to land this morning.  During our transit, we came across numerous humpback whales scattered throughout the sound, likely in search for food.  However, the ice proved too thick for us to reach our intended destination so we opted to kayak in these tranquil waters.  Those that chose not to paddle under their own power opted to get more up close and personal with some of the larger bergs in our Zodiacs.

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  • Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

    National Geographic Orion approached the southern tip of Elephant Island during breakfast and sailed in close to Cape Lookout.  This is a very rugged and uninviting island, but it is obviously suitable for elephant seals (probably the reason for the island’s name), fur seals, chinstrap and macaroni penguins, snowy sheathbills, giant petrels, skuas, and kelp gulls…all of which we observed here.  We put down some Zodiacs and offered a cruise for those who wanted a closer look at the geology and wildlife. This was just the beginning of our encounter with this remarkable island. 

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  • Crossing the Scotia Sea

    Our second day crossing the Scotia Sea, as we make are way towards Antarctica, is by no means an empty day. The windy weather kept us mostly indoors but from time to time we would see evidence of the white continent as we passed massive tabular icebergs -a sign of things to come. We kept a full schedule of lectures starting with an overview of the history of how Antarctica was finally discovered. Later, our Captain Martin Graser also gave us a detailed overview of ice navigation by sharing with us stories and photos from his 25 years of doing just that.

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  • Crossing the Scotia Sea

    After four busy days at South Georgia we had a very relaxed day at sea. The sea started off rather bumpy and continued to build throughout the day which gave us some extra time to relax in bed.  Thankfully most of us didn’t have to work in the swell, unlike much of the crew who had to keep on working through, particularly the galley staff who were kept busy preparing food for meals.

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