Exploring the Weddell Sea

Dec 01, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


The Weddell Sea welcomed us today with howling winds and glassy calm, remote islands and chaotic landscapes of sea ice, bright sunshine, racing clouds, a nearly full moon in the evening and a fantastic, hoped-for but unexpected sighting of an emperor penguin. This is a nearly legendary place, the setting of the harrowing adventures of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and Nordenskjold’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition. Thoughts of that heroic history were always in the backs of our minds as we enjoyed our first sightings of the continent and our first day in the true Antarctic wilderness.

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About the Author

David Cothran

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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