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Photos of the Week, December 3, 2021

Last week, our first Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands expeditions of the season began retracing Shackleton's steps on South Georgia Island and Elephant Island, and the spectacular scenery did not disappoint. Meanwhile, in the Galápagos Islands, the variety of beaches and coastlines (did you know the archipelago boasts beaches with five different colors of sand?) were the setting for dramatic shots of both landscapes and wildlife. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Drake Passage, Antarctica

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords,  November 19, 2021

petrel in waves

 

Blue petrel surfing the wind and the waves. These small petrels master flying in the hardest conditions.—Javier Cotin, Naturalist

 

North Seymour Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 21, 2021

shot of island through a hole in a rock

 

Along the coast, we found a rock with a perfectly round hole; we peek in to it and saw Daphne Major Islet. We had great weather this morning, a great combination of breeze and blue skies, perfect for walking and enjoying the morning. —Gilda Gonzalez, Naturalist

 

Rábida Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, November 22, 2021

sea stars on red sand beach

 

In the afternoon, after about four hours of navigation, the National Geographic Islander arrived at Rábida Island. In the distance, the island looked reddish and its hills and highlands somewhat greenish, contrasting with the blue of the sea and the sky.—Paul Vergara, Naturalist

 

Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 24, 2021

crew members in orange parkas pulling a rope attached to a ship

 

The incredible female crew members of the National Geographic Endurance. All smiles on the ice this morning!—Maya Santangelo, Naturalist/Expedition Diver

 

Isabela Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, November 24, 2021

penguin

 

At Tagus Cove, we went to snorkel along the coast, and it is one of the favorite guest activities to do every day. Our guests love the moments in the water surrounded by sea lions, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sharks, marine turtles and tons of multicolor fish and sea stars.—Christian Saa, Naturalist

 

Paulet Island, Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 24, 2021

three penguins and a seal

 

A group of Adélie penguins meet a Weddell seal on the beach of Paulet Island. —Sarah Friedlander, Naturalist

 

Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 25, 2021

kayakers

 

Our afternoon was filled with kayaking and Zodiac cruises around the incredible Wilhelmina Bay, with sightings of crabeater seals and swarms of krill in the crystal-clear waters. —Emmett Clarkin, Naturalist/Expedition Diver

 

Elephant Island, Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 26, 2021

whale tail

 

Humpback whale flukes with a few patches of diatoms. —Emily Newton, Undersea Specialist

 

Elephant Island, Antarctica

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 26, 2021

rocky cliffs

 

Elephant Island is a rugged and unforgiving place. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist

 

Bartolome Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, November 27, 2021

sea lion and fish

 

We had a very unusual encounter with a Galápagos sea lion feeding from a tuna on the rocks, literally tearing it apart. We were all very amazed and spent some time just watching him eat his very fresh breakfast! —Paola Luque, Naturalist

 

Coronation Island

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 27, 2021

chinstrap penguin

 

After lunch we made a landing on Coronation Island and had our first look at the charismatic chinstrap penguins. What an incredible spot! A tidewater glacier in the background and the call of the chinstrap made for quite a dramatic and vocal scene!—Elise Lockton, Naturalist

 

Grytviken Cove, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, November 29, 2021

fur seal with ship in the background

 

An adult male fur seal checks that nothing is entering his territory as the Endurance rests at anchor in Grytviken Cove. —Jill Niederberger, Naturalist 

 

St. Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands, December 1, 2021

angry cape petrel

 

A giant petrel washes its feathers after a fur seal meal.—Eric Guth, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor