After crossing the Drake Passage and leaving behind the turbulent waters of the great Southern Ocean, we awoke to a new day and found ourselves off the coast of Chile. As the skies started to clear, a vibrant rainbow presented itself stretching across the ocean. On our final day aboard National Geographic Explorer, we found ourselves in calmer waters with time to relax and unwind after a busy journey to the White Continent.
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!