We had a beautiful transit through Lemaire Channel early this morning with high mountain ridges towering above the ship and glaciers on the mainland side. About halfway into the channel, we encountered a pod of orca whales. We made a 360-degree turn to follow them for a bit before turning back south to make our way to Port Charcot. We disembarked and spent time on Booth Island with various colonies of gentoo, chinstrap, and Adelie penguins. Everyone had the option to take Zodiac cruises through the iceberg garden in the bay. After lunch, we made our way back through the Lemaire Channel to the aptly named Paradise Harbor for our final Zodiac cruise of the expedition.
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