We awoke today on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, inside the Weddell Sea. We started the day with Zodiac rides at Brown Bluff, which offered our guests a chance to see a colony of Adélie penguins and massive ice! We watched as many Adélie chicks entered the water for the first time, and some their last, as a few leopard seals eagerly awaited greeting them.
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!