No tempestuous storms here today. One of the calmest crossings of the Drake Passage this season is nearly behind us. Already! With hardly a breath of wind we are making good speed south and, in so doing, are increasing our chances of an early arrival as soon as tomorrow morning. With this lack of wind comes very few seabirds however. Only a few sightings were made today, so much of the focus remained indoors, where lectures, briefings, and our captain’s welcome-aboard party entertained us throughout this calm, warm, and pleasant journey across this infamous body of water.
National Geographic Explorer
As we crossed the Drake Passage, we partook in a thorough decontamination protocol to prepare for our landfall on the Antarctic continent today. Boots were scrubbed, bags were vacuumed out, and no seed was left clinging to a Velcro strap. By doing this we greatly reduced the chance of unwittingly ferrying unwanted hitchhikers like plants, fungal spores, or pathogens to the White Continent. We are now ready for Antarctica!