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Photos of the Week, March 4, 2022

Every week, the photos sent in by our field staff remind us that the planet is an incredible place, and what's more, we will never run out of new things to discover. Two weeks ago off the coast of South Georgia Island, naturalist Erin Britton captured a photo of a stygiomedusa gigantea, or giant phantom jellyfish—a species so rare and elusive that this is only the 110th specimen ever spotted in the wild.


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Cobbler’s Cove, South Georgia Island

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife, February 19, 2022

phantom jellyfish

With the cove’s spectacular geology on full display, our exciting morning ended with the view of a very unusual jelly, the giant phantom jelly! Normally, the jelly’s deep red colour makes it virtually invisible in the ocean depths of its usual home. This particular jelly was white and unfortunately expired, presumably brought to the surface by upwelling currents. This was a highly unusual sighting of the jelly, one of only 100 or so ever seen in the wild. —Erin Britton, Naturalist


Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, February 23, 2022

aerial view of santa cruz island

Aerial view of Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon. Drone photo by Josh Vela. —Celso Montalvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, February 24, 2022

tree frog

Hyla rosembergii resting in the leaf litter at the edge of the path. Dolphin Quest, Dulce Gulf, Puntarenas. —Maguil Céspedes Castro, Naturalist


Genovesa Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, February 25, 2022

sea lions on the beach

Two sea lions on Darwin’s Bay. It is the last light of the day and baby sea lions are looking for their mom to nurse them. —Ixora Berdonces, Naturalist


Pebble Island, Falkland Islands

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, February 25, 2022

hands holding a baby bird

Early in the morning, a guest alerted the field staff that a small bird had landed on the back deck. Our naturalist handled the Wilson’s storm petrel with care as she inspected it for injuries before successfully releasing it off the back of the ship. (Photo by Jared Funderburk) —Nathan Kelley, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Bahia Almejas, Baja California

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, February 28, 2022

whale surfacing in front of a boat

A surfacing gray whale provides not just one, but two pangas with excellent photo opportunities. —Lauren Buchholz, Naturalist, Certified Photo Instructor


Cuajiniquil Beach, Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks, February 28, 2022


White-necked puffbird on a low perch on Cuajiniquil Road. —Gustavo Abarca, Expedition Leader (photo by Jose Calvo)


Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, February 28, 2022

marine iguana with lizard on its head

Marine iguana and lava lizard on its head. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


North Seymour Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, February 28, 2022

blue footed booby

Along the path, we spotted a few blue-footed booby couples as they danced to fall in love. The wildlife is abundant and with every step, we found a creature that surprised our intrepid explorers. —Christian Saa, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Acklins Island, Bahamas

Exploring the Bahamas’ Out Islands: Natural Wonders & Hidden History, March 2, 2022

bee on flower

Once everyone finished talking with our local hosts, we were invited to board National Geographic Sea Lion’s Zodiacs for a tour through a nearby mangrove river system. The “river” is a series of saltwater channels where mangroves grow in the dense forest. The tide was falling, so our ride was a careful meander through a mangrove forest with channels of saltwater that were rich in life! —Sharon Grainger, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Zapotal Beach, Costa Rica

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


On a beautiful morning, we arrived at a small bay in front of Zapotal Beach. After National Geographic Quest anchored, we started our exploration activities. Those who went for a walk on the mainland found howler monkeys, green iguanas, pale woodpeckers, and many other typical birds of the dry forest. —Maguil Céspedes Castro, Naturalist (photo by Jose Calvo)