Our first day exploring wildlife was met with a fresh breeze and welcoming smiles as our guests took to shore to discover a colony of black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. Zodiac rides ashore were guided by Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, and along the shoreline, kelp geese and oystercatchers flipped over beach refuse in search of a meal. But perhaps the most unexpected wildlife came from below the water as our dive team rolled off the Zodiacs to explore the marine environment existing under the kelp-strewn waves.
National Geographic Orion
Our time has come, the circle is closed. Twenty days ago, we left Ushuaia. Headed towards Antarctica, the infamous Drake Passage, and certainly some unknown. Now we return, after an incredible voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and a lot of ocean in between. Calm seas in the Beagle channel were certainly enjoyed, but it was a bit shocking to see trees and civilization. We did enjoy the sunshine, dolphins, and abundant birds. I think for many of us, we wished we were heading back out instead of into Ushuaia, but the memories we have created will last a lifetime.