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Photos of the Week, November 19, 2021

Our Antarctica season is in full swing, and the images coming back from our first few days on the continent are as surprising as they are gorgeous. From rare wildlife sightings to thrilling Zodiac cruises, it's hard to look at these photos and not want to be there! 


For more dispatches from the field, check out our Daily Expedition Reports


Need even more Antarctica coverage? All this week, ABC News reporter Amy Robach has been reporting daily from the National Geographic Endurance. Check out all of the segments here.


Have you recently traveled aboard one of our ships? Send us your favorite photo! We'd love to feature your favorite memory of your expedition. 

Pia Glacier, Chile

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords,  November 10, 2021

feet in a kayak


With majestic scenery surrounding us, we explored the fjord in kayaks. Clear blue skies, dark green Nothofagus forests, and high waterfalls reflected on the glassy still glacial waters. —Madalena Patacho, Naturalist


Petermann Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 12, 2021

couple in parkas embracing while looking at icebergs in Antarctica


When certain experiences are impossible to convey, it helps to share them side by side. —Ian Strachan, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Half Moon Island, Antarctica

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords, November 12, 2021

chinstrap penguin


Chinstrap penguin on Half Moon Island. —Ezra Siegel, Naturalist


Pleneau Island, Antarctica

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice & Epic Fjords, November 12, 2021

people in a zodiac, shot from underneath the water's surface


The Zodiac cruises were stunning around the icebergs. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist


Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, November 14, 2021

baby sea turtle


Four of the seven species of sea turtle gracing this planet exist in the Galápagos Islands, but only the green sea turtle nests in these islands. Males and females gather in the shore from December to April in order to mate, and females visit sandy beaches to nest between 60 and 120 eggs. Today we found this baby sea turtle walking the beach, which was surprising because they usually hatch during nighttime.—Javier Carrion, Naturalist


Gardner Bay, Española Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, November 14, 2021

sea lion covered in sand


At Gardner Bay we found a small colony of Galápagos sea lions; these charming creatures share the same peculiar behavior that so many local species do in not showing fear of humans. —Gaby Bohorquez, Naturalist


Brown Bluff, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 12, 2021

Antarctica sunset with penguins in the foreground


Aurelie K., Guest


Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 15, 2021

National Geographic Endurance ship parked in ice with penguins in the foreground


A pair of emperor penguins checking us out as the National Geographic Endurance lies wedged in fast ice. All aboard the ship enjoyed both the ice and the penguins! —Michael S. Nolan, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Paulet Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 16, 2021

weddell seal


A Weddell seal glances up at guests passing by as she naps on the rocky beach of Paulet Island. Her gigantic eyes and long whiskers – known as vibrissae – are indicative of the deep diving lifestyle of these phocids to forage for deepwater fishes. —Jill Niederberger, Naturalist


Barrientos Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, November 17, 2021

island full of penguins


On this last morning before crossing the open ocean towards South America, we were all ready for a last landing on Barrientos Island. This is an ice-free island in the Aitcho group in the South Shetland Islands. With winds exceeding fifty knots and a considerable swell, this plan was not feasible. However, Captain Oliver Kruess managed to place the ship in a perfect spot for viewing the colonies of chinstrap as well as gentoo penguins on the slopes ahead of us. —Carl Erik Kilander, Naturalist