Armstrong Reef, Antarctica

Steve Morello, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 03 Jan 2020

Armstrong Reef, Antarctica, 1/3/2020, National Geographic Explorer

  • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Antarctica

Today we kept with the trend of exploring new places and were able to cruise around Armstrong Reef. Here we were introduced to a new species of penguin, the chinstrap! We saw Antarctic shags sitting on small puffy chicks and even giant petrels returning to their nests to relieve their mates from tending to babies.

In the afternoon we took off in our Zodiacs to explore vast sheets of degrading sea ice riddled with Weddell and crabeater seals. We were greeted with a large flock of snow petrels that were rafting on the surface and bathing. They would periodically lift out of the water and fly around our heads. It is always a treat to see a snow petrel but to see this many at once was magical.

We’re now continuing our journey north. Hoping for good weather and little wind tomorrow, everyone is excited to see what the next adventure will bring.

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