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  • 11 Feb 2022

Photos of the Week, February 11, 2022

This week, our field staff reported a few especially interesting wildlife sightings, both in terms of species and in terms of behavior. Case in point: two incredible wildlife encounters in Baja California: at Isla Magdalena, a sea lion decided to hitch a ride on National Geographic Sea Bird; and near Loreto, a fantastic blue whale sighting turned into a unique blue whale fluke sighting. But as you'll see in this week's photos, all of our expeditions promise ample opportunities to witness a wide range of animal behaviors: squabbling over food, caring for babies, getting curious about strange visitors. 

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Fish Islands, Antarctica

Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords, February 1, 2022

blue ice

A deep hole in a large iceberg glows with an ethereally saturated blue, like nothing else in nature. The blue color is a result of the absorption of other wavelengths of light in the ice, so the color is always at its best in holes and cracks, where the heart of the berg is revealed. —David Cothran, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Monkey River, Belize

Wild Belize Escape: Wildlife, Reefs, and Rivers, February 3, 2022


Great egret about to take flight. —Luz Hunter, Cultural Specialist


Sims Island, Antarctica

Epic Antarctica: South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia & the Peninsula, February 3, 2022


Pale morph south polar skuas were abundant on Sims Island, with many Adelie penguins to keep them fed. Here three skuas fight over a penguin wing. —Conor Ryan, Naturalist

Loreto Bay National Park, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, February 4, 2022

blue whale tail

The flukes of a blue whale are not all that common. For a blue to lift its tail free of the water it must be either diving very deeply or be an individual that is predisposed to lift its tail above the water. It certainly doesn’t occur all that often but is always a treat to see. —James Hyde, Undersea Specialist

Lake Gatun, Panama

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, February 5, 2022


We spotted a little troop of Geoffroy’s tamarins, monkeys of the almost endemic Panamanian primates. Tamarins are found in eastern Panama and along the border with Colombia. —Frank Simms, Naturalist


Isla Magdalena, Baja California

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, February 6, 2022

sea lion

A young California sea lion adopted National Geographic Sea Bird at the Boca de Soledad in Magdalena Bay. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


San Cristobal Island, Galápagos

Galápagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, February 6, 2022

sea lion

Galápagos sea lions were one of the day’s highlights. We encountered many of the sea lions during our morning visit as well as during our afternoon hike. In the picture, a young sea lion observes us as we walk along the shore. Salvador Cazar, Naturalist

Pourquoi-Pas Island, Antarctica

Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords, February 7, 2022

skua chick

While a parent keeps a watchful eye, a skua chick braves the wind with a walk around its stony home. —Ezra Siegel, Naturalist


Gorda Banks, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, February 8, 2022

humpback whale

Humpback whale breaching near Gorda Banks, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Carlos Navarro, Undersea Specialist


Punta Pitt, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, February 8, 2022

red footed booby

Early in the morning, National Geographic Islander arrived at Punta Pitt, the most eastern point in the archipelago. After breakfast, we went for a hike that brought us to one of the most beautiful places on the island—home of the red-footed boobies, the only species of boobies that we had not seen yet. —Omar Adrian, Naturalist

Cabo Pulmo, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, February 9, 2022


Sunset reflecting on the bridge windows of National Geographic Venture. —Kelly M. Coursey Gray, Naturalist

Coiba National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, February 9, 2022

sea turtle

Hawksbill turtles are indicator species in the coral reef. —Cristian Moreno, Undersea Specialist