This morning we completed our transit on the high seas of the legendary Drake Passage and approached Cape Horn at the tip of South America. We enjoyed the company of dolphins and seabirds, impressed by how truly comfortable they are in their element, as we entered the Beagle Channel. We are returning from one of the wildest of all places on Earth, having met many of its challenges. We have immersed ourselves in Antarctica – the dramatic landscapes, the snow and ice, the penguins, and the sea itself. For many, it was the final continent, and certainly a trip of a lifetime with Lindblad/National Geographic.
National Geographic Resolution
The passengers and crew of National Geographic Resolution started their day surrounded by stunning scenery just south of the Lemaire Channel. We were very close to the Ukraine Research Station, Vernadsky. As we sailed on steadily, passengers were treated to a lecture about snow algae and its effect on the snow and ice of Antarctica by Alia Kahn, our visiting scientist. A short while later, Jim Coyer offered some very interesting insights into krill, which is literally the foundation of the Antarctic life cycle. After lunch, we arrived at Prospect Point at the southern end of the Penola Strait. Zodiacs were lowered, and guests were treated to a wonderfully serene, peaceful cruise amongst ice floes and huge icebergs of various shapes. The sheer majesty of the scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula rarely fails to move us and engage all our senses. Back on board, undersea specialist and naturalist Tanish Peelgrane provided guests with the opportunity to show off their artistic talents with watercolors. This yielded many wonderful interpretations of the afternoon’s experiences. As one more exceptional day draws to an end, we look forward to seeing what delights tomorrow brings.