Today was our final day in South Georgia. The dawn broke gradually with a heavy fog and rain. Captain Aaron Wood navigated the ship very close to the shore at Stromness, allowing us to observe the constant fracas between male fur seals. Right beside the males, sleepy females nursed their newborn pups. We headed out to sea in the morning, bound for the Falkland Islands.
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.