Today we are closing the circle of the inaugural trip of the National Geographic Resolution - our fantastic expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Now, at last, we are making our way across the waters of the Falklands Shelf, past the small islands east of Tierra del Fuego and on to Ushuaia, where we began our voyage three weeks ago. It’s a quiet day on calm seas, and as we cruise past the unfamiliar forests we can take a little time to think back on all the unique moments and subtle details of our explorations. Soon the trip will be done and we will all return to our homes, but the wonderful experiences we have shared will weave together into a beautiful story that will be a part of us for many years to come.
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.