Our second day of the crossing to South Georgia continued the smooth sailing we had experienced the day before and we all delighted in the calm seas and bright blue skies – particularly those of us who had seen the South Atlantic in other moods! The day passed quickly, with several presentations on the biology and history of the amazing island ahead of us, some time for photography of seabirds and a special barbeque teatime of Argentinian sausages and beer in the warm sunshine on the aft deck.
National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance set sail from the western edge of the Falkland Islands late last evening, and we enjoyed a relaxing day at sea. Guests were treated to smooth seas with plenty of albatrosses soaring about the vessel. The morning was full of educational opportunities. The undersea team shared photos collected while exploring the diverse underwater environments that the Falkland Islands provide. Next came a presentation by marine biologist Connor Ryan who spoke about the dynamics of how plankton and seabirds dictate the ecological rhythms of the upper layer of the ocean. Such a trip as we have had is certainly hard to summarize. Over the past three weeks, we visited some of the most spectacular and densely populated wildlife regions on our planet. Today was a day of reflection, photo editing, fine food, and contemplation of all that has occurred.