We began the day by finishing our crossing from the South Sandwich Islands to South Georgia. What started as a foggy day continued to clear as the day progressed. When we caught sight of the Nobby Rock, southeast of South Georgia, our day began in earnest. We soon spotted southern right whales, blue whales, fin whales and dozens of humpback whales. Hundreds of flying prions escorted our ship to land, and large albatrosses made several appearances. Due to the weather, we made a quick change of plans and decided on a sunset landing at Gold Harbour in South Georgia. King penguins greeted us—our first sighting!—and we enjoyed a glorious stroll along the beach as the sun descended. Quite the incredible day!
National Geographic Endurance
Today was a day filled with exciting opportunities for exploration! We started the morning on Pebble Island with an early landing filled with Peale’s dolphins, before going for long walks along the coastline and interior. In the afternoon we were able to go on a hike to “The Neck” on Saunders Island, an area with sei whale bones and nesting cormorants. The Undersea Team went on a SCUBA dive, exploring the shallow kelp forests on the coastline of Pebble Island, and were surprised to see several Peale’s dolphins diving with them towards the end of their dive.