National Geographic Endurance made its way southeast today, across the Drake Passage toward the Weddell Sea. We crossed the Antarctic Convergence Zone and entered the Southern Ocean proper during the early afternoon. Colder seas and the first snow flurries of our voyage marked the crossing. The composition of bird species changed, too: fewer blue petrels and more Antarctic prions.
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.