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Photos of the Week, March 11, 2022

A frequent rite of passage on our expeditions to South Georgia Island is the Shackleton Hike, in which intrepid guests trace Ernest Shackleton's footsteps along the final leg of his overland journey to seek help for the crew of the Endurance. The 6km trek from Fortuna Harbor to Stromness Bay took on an additional significance this week with the news that the wreck of the Endurance has been discovered after 106 years—news that reached the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Resolution just two days after guests on both ships had the chance to make this trek.

While on their trek, National Geographic Explorer's guests also recreated an iconic photo of Shackleton's crew, which field correspondent Jennifer Kingsley chronicled for our blog.

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Muneco Islet, Bahia Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks, March 1, 2022

white throated magpie jay

White-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta Formosa) on a tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica). —Jose Calvo, Naturalist

 

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks, March 2, 2022

zodiac at sunset

A Zodiac returns to National Geographic Quest after an afternoon of exploring. —Ben C., Guest

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 3, 2022

galapagos mockingbird

Galápagos mockingbird. —Carlos Romero, Expedition Leader

 

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife, March 4, 2022

puma and cubs

A mother puma and her cubs relax by a recent kill. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist

Grytviken, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, March 5, 2022

grytviken

Grytviken, named “Pot Cove” for the old sealing trypots found there, was established as the first whaling station in 1904 by C.A. Larsen. The area was immensely profitable in the early years as many whales could be caught in the local bay and surrounding waters. It struggled on through boom and bust until the mid-1960s. —Rob Edwards, Naturalist

 

Espanola Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 5, 2022

blue footed booby face

Blue-footed boobies looked into my camera lens as we hiked on Punta Suarez. They are beginning their mating season, so we heard them from a distance as they performed their mating dances with whistles and honks. —Socrates Tomala, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Jason Harbor, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, March 6, 2022

king penguin with ship in background

What a gorgeous afternoon we had at Jason’s Harbour, enjoying all that South Georgia has to offer. —Amy Malkoski, Naturalist/Expedition Diver (photo by Jamie Coleman)

 

Kirke Narrows, Patagonia

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife, March 6, 2022

ice arch

Ice arch in front of Bernal Glacier with glacial rocks in the foreground. —Adam Britton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Puerto Lopez Mateos, Baja California Sur

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

whale calf

A gray whale calf surfaces near its mother. —John Pachuta, Naturalist

 

Stocking Island, The Bahamas

Exploring the Bahamas’ Out Islands: Natural Wonders & Hidden History, March 7, 2022

conch face

The highlight of my day was finding a live queen conch, one of the iconic animals of the Bahamas. We even showed a mutual curiosity. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been eye-to-eye with an invertebrate, and any day I can get guests excited about something without a backbone is a good day. If you look closely in the bottom right third of this image, you can see the queen conch’s two curious eyes looking back at you! —Kim Nesbitt, Expedition Diver

 

Stromness Bay, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, March 7, 2022

guests in orange parkas on top of a hill

A socially distanced gathering between National Geographic Resolution and National Geographic Explorer from the overlook of Stromness Bay. —Jamie Coleman, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Magdalena Island, Baja California Sur

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, March 8, 2022

silhouetted jumping people

Jumping for joy on Magdalena Island. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Magdalena Island, Baja California Sur

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, March 8, 2022

national geographic sea bird

National Geographic Sea Bird at sunset. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Conception Island National Park, The Bahamas

Exploring the Bahamas’ Out Islands: Natural Wonders & Hidden History, March 9, 2022

paddleboarder

Paddleboarding in the amazing shades of blue and teal water of the Bahamas. These are such wonderful tools to explore the really shallow areas of mangroves on the island. We had reports of green turtles, rays, and a few lemon sharks as well! These animals utilize the mangroves in different ways, from shelter from the wind like the turtles to a nursery like the lemon sharks. —Kim Nesbitt, Expedition Diver