It was our final day at sea as we edged closer to Cape Town, South Africa. It was also an active day on board with several excellent presentations, including ‘Threats to Marine Ecosystems’ by Jamie Coleman, ‘Our Plastic Ocean’ by Maya Santangelo, ‘Investigating Patterns Shaping Biodiversity Across Spatial Scales’ by one of our visiting scientists Rui Seabra. The final presentation was from our National Geographic photo expert Isai Matriz who delivered an engaging talk on ‘Darwin’s Beetle: A Story in the Making’. Many guests made the most of the mild, calm waters and watched several species of seabirds glide by.

We ended the day with the captain’s farewell and prepared for onward adventures.