Today we find ourselves in the heart of South Georgia, both literally and figuratively. Cumberland East Bay is a great opening in the central northeastern facing shore, looking south toward the ridged spine of this long thin island, the Allardyce Range. It provided natural harbors for the general exploration of the island, and it was the primary home for human exploitation of the rich marine environment, primarily the massive whaling efforts of the 20th century.
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.