Cooper Bay & St. Andrews Bay
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 29 Feb 2020

Cooper Bay & St. Andrews Bay , 2/29/2020, National Geographic Orion

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • Antarctica

South Georgia. Wild! Untrammeled! Green! Two days following in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton have brought us to perhaps the most remarkable of all islands in Antarctic waters. Politically, South Georgia is not part of Antarctica, but because the polar convergence swings north and wraps the island in its icy productive waters, it is biologically considered Antarctica.

What an abundance of wildlife witnessed here as we explore this very remote and rugged island! Dear reader, I am not sure that I can properly convey to you the sights, sounds, and even smells of an island some 100 miles long that has literally millions and millions of animals living upon it. Life is everywhere you look, and all of it is busy getting on with the job of procreating the new generations. It is in no way an exaggeration to claim that South Georgia is sensory overload, there is simply too much to take in!

Perhaps you do not believe me. Ask anyone who has been here, or better yet, come and see for yourself. Only then can you appreciate my feeble description of one of the truly magical places on our planet.

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