Today we were woken early by our expedition leader Doug Gould announcing humpback whales all around National Geographic Orion. From there our luck with wildlife brought penguins, elephant seals, killer whales, more humpbacks, Weddell seals, and more. Then in the evening, we made our way down the Lemaire Channel and took in all its beauty. What a day.
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Our voyage began in tumultuous seas, but by morning, the famed Drake Passage had calmed, settling into seas that rolled rather than rocking our hull. It is difficult to think of a more appropriate start than this. As we sail towards a land that at first glance seems harsh and unforgiving, but may reward adventurers with fortitude. Here now among the albatross and petrels, we find ourselves beyond the scope of civilization. What better place to be?