Today we had a day of navigation, and National Geographic Explorer was full of interesting happenings. On-board scientist Lucas Kamiski taught us about the incredible symbiosis between ants and some butterflies, and naturalist and expedition diver Alice Skehel explained the incredible world of plankton and how some people are using the small creatures to compose art. Later in the afternoon, our hotel manager and our chef explained the complexity of the ship supply operation. As we navigated along the coast of South America, we noticed the change from blue water to green and then to murky water as we entered the region influenced by the mighty Amazon River.
National Geographic Explorer
Another sunrise greeted National Geographic Explorer on our final day at sea. Our day started with a presentation by National Geographic photographer Kiké Calvo. He painted the picture of his life as a photographer and how he created a career for himself by telling people’s stories through photography. Meanwhile, the dive team frantically edited their dive video for a showing of their Recifé dive adventure. They showed footage of beautiful tropical reef dives and described the rough seas they battled to get there. Emmett Clarkin discussed his amazing career as a diver for Lindblad Expeditions. We spent the afternoon assessing and editing photos with our on-board photographers, packing our bags, and enjoyed the annular sunset solar eclipse, complete with beers, a barbecue, and amazing vibes. We enjoyed our last moments by watching the sunset as we cruised closer and closer to Salvador. We then were joined by the captain for the farewell party and slideshow of all the best photos of the trip. We finished off the evening with a final dinner with the expedition team.