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  • 12 Nov 2021

Photos of the Week, November 12, 2021

The most exciting news from Lindblad this week is obviously the fact that our Antarctica season is underway, with the first guests embarking National Geographic Endurance (the first tourist vessel to dock in Ushuaia in 20 months!) on Monday. But Antarctica is not the only new-since-the-pandemic destination we're hitting this week, and it's equally thrilling to see the first reports coming in from Patagonia and the Channel Islands. Our field staff is beyond excited to be exploring this terrain with our guests, and it shows in these photos. 

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Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park, U.S.A.

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park, November 3, 2021

zodiac filled with guests

 

Looking down from above as guests prepare to exit the Zodiac and climb the ladder up to the pier. —Doug Gould, Expedition Leader

 

Sombrero Chino Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 4, 2021

snorkeling with penguins

 

Our snorkelers had a fantastic snorkel session with Galápagos penguins. They swam right next to us and fished in front of our faces showing no fear whatsoever. For this extremely rare and special encounter with Galápagos penguins, you have to be in the right place at the right time and, of course, traveling with the right people. —Socrates Tomala, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, U.S.A.

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park, November 4, 2021

scrub jay

 

The endemic Santa Cruz Island scrub jay, found nowhere else in the world. Like the Galápagos, the isolation of the Channel Islands has resulted in speciation, or the development of dozens of new species that can only be seen here. —Alex Krowiak, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Santa Catalina Island, California, U.S.A.

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park, November 4, 2021

ship and kayaks

 

After lunch, several guests used kayaks and paddle boards to explore the shoreline. —Kimberly Baldwin, Naturalist

 

Seno de las Montañas, Chile

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords, November 6, 2021

rainbow

 

A rainbow welcomed us into the narrows as we headed for Puerto Natales. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist

 

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords, November 7, 2021

torres del paine national park

 

The Paine Massif from the shores of Lago Pehoe.Eric Guth, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Ushuaia, Argentina

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 8, 2021

national geographic endurance

 

National Geographic Endurance in Ushuaia. —Prash Karnik, Port Captain

 

Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 8, 2021

marine iguanas fighting

 

Male marine iguanas in a territorial dispute. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, November 9, 2021

sea turtle

 

A juvenile green sea turtle land-basking in the beach at Punta Espinoza. These animals are known to be highly migratory. And what we know from scientific research in Galapagos, green sea turtles migrate to feed in different areas after the breeding season. Some go to Central America, others to the South America, other might cross to the Eastern Pacific, and a proportion of the population remains feeding inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve. —Javier Carrion, Naturalist

 

Jackson Bay, Karukinka Natural Park, Chile

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords, November 9, 2021

elephant seal

 

A still young male elephant seal is yet not big enough to hold a harem but nonetheless has attempted to do so as the multiple scars in its thick neck indicate. He’ll have to grow for a couple more years before having the chance to lay claim! —Santiago Imberti, Naturalist

 

Santa Catalina Island, California, U.S.A.

Wild California Escape: Channel Islands National Park, November 9, 2021

ballast point, catalina island

 

The view from atop Ballast Point. —Katie Mills-Orcutt, Expedition Diver (photo by Alex Krowiak)

 

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 10, 2021

booby in flight

 

During our walk on Espumilla beach, blue-footed boobies offered several photographic opportunities as they went about feeding near the shoreline. In this picture, we can see the moment when a booby takes off after having plunge-dove in search of fish. —José Guerrero, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 11, 2021

tortoises

 

Giant Santa Cruz tortoise enjoying a mud bath before the sunrays hit their feeding grounds.—Gianna Haro, Naturalist