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Photos of the Week, April 7, 2023

As National Geographic Explorer makes her way across the Atlantic Ocean, guests have had the opportunity to explore three rarely-visited locations: Saint Helena, Ascension, and the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha. Though governed collectively as a British Overseas Territory, this "territory" is scattered across more than 2,000 miles. Catch a glimpse of the islands' history and natural beauty, and even a rare behind-the-scenes look at ship maintenance, in photos sent back from our field staff aboard the Atlantic Isles Discovery expedition.  Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Castle Island, The Bahamas

Exploring The Bahamas’ Out Islands: Natural Wonders & Hidden History, March 14, 2023

purple and white milkweed blossom

Vibrant turquoise blue waters of The Bahamas and a stunning milkweed ready for a butterfly. Just beyond view floats of National Geographic Sea Lion, our home away from home. —Kimberly Wood, Naturalist

Tristan da Cunha

Atlantic Isles Discovery: From the Falklands to Madeira, March 22, 2023

refueling vessel at sunrise

As early as 04.00 hours, sleep was disturbed by different sounds for some of us. Out in the dark, off our portside, we saw the ship that was to supply us with the fuel required to continue our epic voyage. Within a short time, we were loosely tethered via bow and stern lines to the Edinburgh and the essential umbilical cord connected to the fuel inlet on National Geographic Explorer, which was not anchored. And so began, for our Captain, the long vigil that he would hold controlling the ship from the port bridge wing for the duration of the refueling, which ended midday. —Eduardo Shaw, Naturalist


Ainsworth Bay, Patagonia, Chile

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords, and Wildlife, March 24, 2023

small brown bird eating a fish

A kingfisher catches its prey in Ainsworth Bay. —Ezra Seigel, Naturalist


Saint Helena

Atlantic Isles Discovery: From the Falklands to Madeira, March 27, 2023

white house on a green hill

Longwood House, Napoleon’s last home in Saint Helena. —Massimo Bassano, National Geographic Photography Expert


Isla Observatorio, Argentina

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords, and Wildlife, March 27, 2023

translucent undersea creature with eggs

Gastropod eggs attached to rocks underwater at Isla Observatorio, Argentina. —David Huang, Naturalist/Expedition Diver


Rabida Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 28, 2023

close up of flamingo

We went for a walk along the beach and observed several American flamingos feeding in a brackish water lagoon. We spotted close to two dozen American flamingos feeding on the brine shrimp while others mated along the shores. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Yanallpa Creek, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, March 28, 2023

small caiman head poking out of water

After observing an abundance of giant lilies and a fantastic sunset in a black lagoon, we lingered until after sunset. We were able to observe some caimans, which we spotted via artificial light. —Dave Katz, Expedition Leader


San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey, March 29, 2023

baby humpback whale almost entirely out of the water

A warm breeze and breaching mother and calf humpback whales greeted guests aboard National Geographic Venture this morning as we cruised south along the Baja California coast. Multiple escort groups of a single male with a female and calf were observed as we stood on the bow with coffee in hand before breakfast even began. It was a great start to the day! —Rachel Martin, Naturalist/Expedition Diver (photo by Steve Backus)


Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 29, 2023

child photographing a young sea lion

Guest taking a picture of a sea lion with the ship in the background. —Ramiro Adrian, Naturalist


Ascension Island

Atlantic Isles Discovery: From the Falklands to Madeira, March 30, 2023

red-footed booby in flight

A white morph red-footed booby, one of three species of boobies that nest on Boatswain Island. The booby glides effortlessly pass the bow of the ship. Constantly checking for fish near the surface, boobies will plunge vertically from up to 20 meters above the water to catch their prey with an incredibly high success rate. —Santiago Imberti, Naturalist


San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey, April 1, 2023

sunset reflecting on water

Palm oasis and natural spring in San Ignacio in Baja California Sur, Mexico. —Rich Reid, National Geographic Photography Expert


Isla Rasa, Baja California, Mexico

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey, April 2, 2023

thousands of white birds with orange beaks and feet

Thousands of birds arrive at Isla Rasa in March and April to stake out a good nesting spot. The middle of a dense colony is the safest and best protected place. Most seabirds prefer isolated islands or cliffs free of predators. The eradication of rats and mice has been beneficial for the birds, but they still need to find enough food in the surrounding ocean to support both parents and chicks. —Lee Moll, Naturalist