After two days on the island of Trinidad, we are now making the crossing to Guyana on the South American mainland. The sea is shallow and calm, only disrupted by the occasional explosion of flying fish startled by the passage of National Geographic Explorer. The sky is mostly clear and tropical, infinite. Trinidad and Tobago were part of South America until recently – geologically speaking – when the continental glaciers melted and the sea level rose. Biologically, it is still part of South America, as it is bathed in the sometimes turbulent Orinoco River outflow, bringing new flora and fauna from Venezuela. Late this afternoon and into the evening, we relaxed with live local music and the Captain’s Welcome Party. The adventure continues!
National Geographic Explorer
Another sunrise greeted National Geographic Explorer on our final day at sea. Our day started with a presentation by National Geographic photographer Kiké Calvo. He painted the picture of his life as a photographer and how he created a career for himself by telling people’s stories through photography. Meanwhile, the dive team frantically edited their dive video for a showing of their Recifé dive adventure. They showed footage of beautiful tropical reef dives and described the rough seas they battled to get there. Emmett Clarkin discussed his amazing career as a diver for Lindblad Expeditions. We spent the afternoon assessing and editing photos with our on-board photographers, packing our bags, and enjoyed the annular sunset solar eclipse, complete with beers, a barbecue, and amazing vibes. We enjoyed our last moments by watching the sunset as we cruised closer and closer to Salvador. We then were joined by the captain for the farewell party and slideshow of all the best photos of the trip. We finished off the evening with a final dinner with the expedition team.