National Geographic Endurance made its way steadily south and west today, into the Bellingshausen Sea. It was clearly apparent that we were crossing the continental shelf-edge of the Antarctic continent at 1400 today, as we encountered a sudden abundance of marine life: humpback whales, squadrons of light-mantled albatross, southern fulmars, a flock of rarely seen Antarctic petrels and many more species of seabirds. This evening we are approaching the Antarctic Circle in following winds and seas, with chunky snowflakes keeping pace with us on the cold breeze.
National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance moved west today into the relatively milder waters of Falkland Plateau—moving out of the Southern Ocean and into the South Atlantic. Foggy conditions frustrated our sea-watching efforts, but we still saw some humpback whales and hourglass dolphins despite poor visibility. By evening, the fog lifted enough for us to enjoy views of wandering albatross and their smaller cousins, including various petrels.