Guests were invited to enjoy a diverse range of presentations throughout the day. Lisa began by sharing her personal journey and experiences in developing the art of visual storytelling. After a short disembarkation briefing, Ezra gave us a comparative glimpse into Scott and Amundsen’s South Pole expeditions and the factors that may have influenced their very different outcomes. After lunch and perhaps a bit of a catnap, afternoon presentations included an overview of the seals of the Southern Ocean by Shell. Mike finished off by sharing the history of Antarctic diving along with a bit of show-and-tell of the gear he and Jason use to capture the stunning underwater images and footage they have shared with us this trip. Recap continued with lively offerings from the team, including geomorphology, krill, and even a wool-spinning demonstration before we headed to dinner.
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The huge distances we have covered on this journey meant that our last full day was spent almost completely at sea on our return leg from Antarctica. After a merciful lie-in, we crowded the decks as we sailed past Cape Horn, the majestic headland at the bottom tip of Hornos Island, the southernmost point of Tierra del Fuego and the entire South American continent. Despite its fearsome reputation, pleasant seas allowed for an enjoyable brunch before we plunged into our presentation schedule for the morning and afternoon. Naturalist Gail Ashton related her experience of living on the Antarctica continent for 18 months, Jonny Reid discussed marine mammal acoustics and the underwater soundscapes of this region, and Jess Farrer explained how the study of whale and seal poop can tell us so much about these animals. As we entered the Beagle Channel, the stunning mountains of Tierra del Fuego lined our passage to Ushuaia. Gathering in the Ice Lounge for the captain’s farewell party, we toasted a hugely enjoyable trip and the new friends we have made.