Seabourn Antarctic Dispatch November 22, 2013


Day three: November 22, 2013

During our first day at sea, navigating aboard the Seabourn Quest across the Argentinian continental shelf and towards the Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas), we began to feel excited about what we would do when we reached Stanley Harbour. In the meantime many activities had been planned, starting with a sessions by a Naturalist and Photo Coach to help guests identify and photograph the birds what are already easily seen around the ship. On the Seabourn Square Terrace, Dan, one of our professional photographers and Mariano, one of the marine biologists, were waiting. Whilst at the same time Wolfgang, the other professional photographer, and Jason, our only geologist aboard, were also on Deck 10. We saw many marine birds such as the beautiful Cape Petrel, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering Albatross and the Southern Giant Petrels.

Later, Alex gave us a very interesting lecture, “Flukes, Fins and Flippers: The Whales of the Southern Ocean and Patagonia” to help us identify the individual species we are likely to encounter, explain the reasons why these animals have become so large, and their unique behavior and societies. These animals call the Southern Ocean home and we are now there to share it with them.

In the meantime David and Chuck, two biologists with a wide knowledge of Antarctica, were at Seabourn Square and the Observation Bar to show us some charts of the region and explain some features of our passage to the Falklands.

Later on, a lecture about the excursions that would be possible from the Chilean ports of Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Castro was given by the Destination Manager Claudio.

During lunch we received the disappointing news from Captain Larsen on the bridge, informing us that because very bad weather conditions developing in the Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas) he had to cancel the call Stanley Harbour. Because Stanley is a port where guests must take tenders to land, the wind and wave conditions would make it too dangerous. He wasn’t happy to take that decision but had to put safety first.

In the afternoon we enjoyed Jason Hicks’ lecture “Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas)-Geology and the Potential for Oil”; more time with naturalists and photo coach with Rory, Ignacio, Mary and Mariano. And finally chart discussions with Matt, Alex and Roger.

Tonight we greatly enjoyed the Captain’s Welcome Reception where he introduced his senior team aboard Seabourn Quest: officers, expedition leader and of course, the Chef.

~ Chris Srigley, Assistant Expedition Leader

A Southern Giant Petrel soars by to check us out. He really is big by the way!

A Southern Giant Petrel soars by to check us out. He really is big by the way!

(Above: All eyes astern to spot seabirds while underway.)


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