Today we enjoyed another adventurous day. Early risers found killer whales off the bow of National Geographic Orion while navigating Gerlache Strait. Following breakfast our morning landing was at the Port Lockroy historic site. During the afternoon we deployed the Zodiacs to explore the scenic Lemaire Channel from water level, and amazing experience to witness the ship navigated the steep-walled fjord. We discovered sculpted icebergs and both leopard and crabeater seals sleeping peacefully on the ice.
National Geographic Explorer
As we crossed the Drake Passage, we partook in a thorough decontamination protocol to prepare for our landfall on the Antarctic continent today. Boots were scrubbed, bags were vacuumed out, and no seed was left clinging to a Velcro strap. By doing this we greatly reduced the chance of unwittingly ferrying unwanted hitchhikers like plants, fungal spores, or pathogens to the White Continent. We are now ready for Antarctica!