Franklin Bay and Cánepa Fjord, Staten Island

Mar 10, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

After a quiet night navigating east along the Beagle Channel, we entered – during the early hours of the morning – the waters of the Lemaire Strait on our way to Staten Island. This body of water with its very strong currents separate the main Island of Tierra del Fuego from la Isla de los Estados.

It was a beautiful crisp morning, and the sunrise was breathtaking. As the light became stronger we were able to enjoy the many seabirds flying about the ship: sooty shearwaters, southern giant petrels, black-browed albatross and our first views of rockhopper penguins.

The morning was spent ashore with opportunities to enjoy various walks and also take a Zodiac cruise.

The ship then repositioned over lunch time to Capitán Bahía Cánepa, along the southern coastline, where we were able to enjoy some dramatic landscapes as well as some close encounters with South American sea lions and fur seals, as well as a number of different birds.

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Edward Shaw


Edward Shaw has travelled widely as a naturalist and guide. For the past 18 years, Edward has lived in northwestern Patagonia initially working as a teacher and subsequently working in community projects. This remarkable region of South America is home to many incredible geologic features — fiords, glaciers, volcanos, and lake basins long ago excavated by ice-streams — unique flora and fauna, as well as the archaeological remains of pre-Columbian civilizations dating back to at least the 13th millennium BCE. He is deeply committed to the principles behind sustainable development and currently works for a local foundation.

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Krista Rossow

National Geographic Photographer

For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. As a freelance photographer she has shot feature stories for Traveler in New Orleans, San Francisco, South Africa, Costa Rica, and most recently in Asheville, North Carolina. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. 

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