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  • 14 Jul 2022

Photos of the Week, July 15, 2022

In the Galápagos Islands this week, playful sea lions created exciting action shots, while in the Arctic and Alaska, the stillness of the incredible ice made an amazing backdrop for our ships to get some incredible close-ups. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Haines, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, July 1, 2022

national geographic sea bird at sunset

After a dinner feast of Dungeness crab, National Geographic Sea Bird departed from Haines and sailed south along Lynn Canal. —Julia Huggins, Naturalist


Heimaey, Westman Islands, Iceland

Wild Iceland Escape, July 3, 2022

national geographic resolution deck in a very narrow harbor

National Geographic Resolution sails out of Heimaey. This incredibly narrow harbor was one of the benefits of the 1973 volcanic eruption on the island. The town had an impossible decision to make while the volcano was actively exuding lava: either let the lava destroy the homes or let it close the harbor. As a fishing village, they eventually decided that the harbor was more important than the homes, which had already been evacuated. A massive cooling effort ensued, bringing in huge hoses from the United States to try to cool the lava before it closed off the harbor for good, and it worked! Now the harbor is incredibly narrow, but it actually became much more sheltered since the eruption, making it a better harbor overall for vessels. —Kim Nesbitt, Naturalist/Expedition Diver


Santiago Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, July 6, 2022

pelican and sea lion

A Galápagos sea lion playing with a brown pelican on Espumilla Beach. —Omar Adrian, Naturalist


Clavero Lake, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, July 6, 2022

black-crowned night heron

The black-crowned night heron feeds nocturnally for fish, frogs, and other small prey. They perch in trees while they wait for the evening to begin, which is when they start searching for food. —Cristian Moreno, Naturalist


Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, July 7, 2022

five giant tortoises

Giant tortoises on the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. They were in the pond, which serves many purposes for the tortoises: a water source, thermoregulation, and getting rid of skin parasites. Considering they are not social animals, these ponds are the main place where we see tortoises gathering in the highlands. —Cristian Villarroel, Naturalist


Santiago Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 7, 2022

great blue heron

During our coastal exploration, we observed how this great blue heron fought to catch a fish. Galápagos is a wonder! —Vanessa Gallo, Naturalist


Torssukatak Channel, Greenland

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland, July 8, 2022

zodiac inside iceberg

Iceberg on Zodiac cruise. —Madalena Patacho, Naturalist (photo by Sue Forbes)


Ilulissat, Greenland

Wild Greenland Escape, July 9, 2022

national geographic resolution among icebergs

National Geographic Resolution’s dynamic positioning outside Ilulissat. —Jim Coyer, Naturalist/Expedition Diver


Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 10, 2022

blue-footed booby flying away from a sea lion

During our Zodiac ride along the shore of Post Office Bay, we found a number of iconic creatures, including blue-footed boobies. Some were plunge-diving to find food, while other boobies perched on the lava rocks to preen their feathers. In this photo, we see a blue-footed booby’s reaction to a sea lion that suddenly appeared in a playful way. —Javier Carrión, Naturalist